Today is the date that Microsoft has announced for the Windows XP End of Support .
But hold on a minute , what does this mean , how does this affect you ?
According to Microsoft’s Official Website :
” There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system “
This practically means that every and any vulnerability found after today in the historic OS will not be patched and that for any malfunction you will not be able to contact Microsoft Support as Microsoft seems to be mitigating all the human resources to their newer products .
Which brings us to the second part of our subject . As Microsoft suggests later on their announcement :
” It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. “
So what you are supposed to do is to update your OS to the latest version available . No, wait , maybe not ! Maybe it would be wise to consider a smaller step. While Windows 8 (and 8.1) offer great performance increase , include great security features and much more there might be some complications when upgrading to Win 8 . Most of them include incompatibility of peripheral components (mostly in laptops) as the manufacturers have not provided drivers for older models for Win 8 . So if your computer is of some age the best thing to do is consider going to Windows 7 which will provide a significant increase in performance and it’s highly likely that there will be drivers available for your hardware on Win 7 .
Our Point of View : We generally recommend backing up your documents frequently and keeping track of the programs you have installed on your computer . This said, it is a good move to format your pc and reinstall your OS about once in every six months . This will provide better performance greatly decreasing disk fragmentation level and keep everything nice and tidy . De-fragmentation tools are no magic wands and cannot fix every thing. Following that simple advice, updating to a newer OS will also be routine task , because all versions are going to be dropped at some point .