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4/9/2013 4:40:00 PM
One year to go for XP

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

April 8 was a significant day in the world of computing. It marked the beginning of the last year Microsoft will support Windows XP. If you are one of the estimated 40% of computer users that still use XP you need to consider moving to a new computer in the next year.
So why should you - and what operating system, Windows 7 or Windows 8?
Let's start with the first question, why should you? Microsoft commits to supporting operating systems for 10 years after they first roll out. When April 8, 2014 rolls around, your computer will no longer receive important updates that help protect it. This includes enhancements for viewing and searching the web. Eventually you may not be able to function on the Internet in a meaningful capacity. Even more important, other software providers will stop making software for your computer. This includes antivirus software.
If you are a business, especially with point of sale equipment or you take electronic payments, your business could become out of compliance. You may not be able to use those computing tools legally anymore.
So, should you more to Windows 7 or Windows 8? That depends. Both are good operating systems. Both cost about the same. Windows 8 is more unfamiliar but newer. Some old software and hardware may or may not work with either Windows 7 or 8. Also, if you are a business and rely on specialized software, you need to check with the maker of that software for compatibility.
Upgrading and change can be a scary thing. Since we both sell and service computers, we are most certainly here to help offer suggestions, check compatibility and help migrate your files to your new computer.
Some would say I'm just trying to sell computers. Yes, I'd like to sell you a computer. However, we are just fine if you purchase your new hardware yourself - we'll still be happy to help you set it up or migrate your files to it.
Call or stop in if you have questions or would like to see the difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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