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What’s the problem?

Windows XP has not been in support with Microsoft for 2 years, but why is that a problem?

It is not only technical support that has been removed, Microsoft have also stopped updating the software. The most important aspect of this is that they no longer provide fixes / patches to protect the software from viruses, malware and other exploits.

Anyone still using XP will be open to vulnerabilities that have been exposed and exploited in the 2 years since support was stopped.

What can you do if you are still running Windows XP?

You basically have two choices:

Upgrade

If your underlying hardware is up to it you can upgrade to a newer, supported version of Windows. To run Windows 10 you need the minimum:

1GHz processor

1GB RAM

16GB 32 bit / 20GB 6 bit Hard disk space

DirectX 9 or later graphics card with WDDM 1.0

800×600 display

These aren’t heavy specs so you might find your existing hardware will accommodate the new version of Windows.

*** Remember to make sure you backup any critical data before upgrading not everything will be intact after upgrade. Also make sure you have your application disks and media available. ***

 Replace

If an upgrade isn’t possible you can replace your existing hardware. Most new PC’s and laptops now ship with Windows 10.

Software compatibility

The good news is that quite a large proportion of software that works on Windows XP will run perfectly fine on Windows 10. If it doesn’t you can always run compatibility mode for apps where problems may occur. Simply right click the application shortcut that is problematic, select properties and select the compatibility tab. You can specify what version of windows the application should run in. You have a number of options going back to Windows XP.

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