Microsoft Windows XP says: 'It's Time To Say Goodbye'

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In an article, Fox News reiterates Microsoft's warning to its Windows XP users. Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8. For Windows XP users, it is definitely time to say goodbye to the long-time-friend operating system.

However, this is not the first time Microsoft has warned its XP users. Many users do not want to take heed as they still find the setup is working well for them. Perhaps it is a bit harsh, but switching is definitely not in their vocabulary. Many people do not want to adapt to new changes if they feel comfortable with their current computer; why should I spend money on a new one?

Microsoft will abandon XP

Nonetheless, the fact is that Microsoft - the maker of Windows XP - will abandon the product, which means a great deal of things - the huge issues of which are: no OS fixes, no security updates, and no defense against viruses and online risks. Microsoft's big announcment of ending security updates could be interesting news for scammers and hackers, who might specifically choose to target computers that still run XP, which will already be very vulnerable.

If an XP computer is only used to manage files or write memos, and the computer is not connected to the Internet, it is a safe scenario. Or if it is browsing the Internet without going to sites that require passwords – this should be fine as well.

However, if the XP computer is used for signing up for membership on websites of any type, whether sending email, shopping online, online banking, or using a credit card, is truly risky. In that scenario, there really is a need to switch to a new and updated operating system.

Switching to a new computer

To purchase a new computer consumers should spend time thinking carefully about the decision, considering there are a lot of devices in the market depending on the user's needs.

From Windows XP, the closest relative is a desktop or laptop running Windows 7. It is worth knowing other new versions of Windows as well, along with their limitations. Windows 8, the recent version of Windows, has receveid many complaints. Thus, Windows 7 might be a better alternative for some. Windows 7 requires a machine that has a minimum of 1 GB RAM or better for the 32-bit version, or 2 GB of RAM or better for the 64-bit version.

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