Monday, October 23, 2017

XP End Of Life

As you may have heard, security updates are no longer available for Windows XP. This means that regardless of your antivirus, firewall or how careful you are, your computer will become more and more vulnerable to direct hacking attacks as time goes by. We strongly recommend NOT using an XP computer that is connected to the internet.

So what does this mean?

You have three options based on your budget and the condition of your existing computer. There is no "one-size-fits-all" on this one but one of our technicians will be more than happy to review these options with you so you can decide which makes the most sense for your situation.

Option 1: Upgrade to Vista

You read that right. Vista. Windows Vista was extremely unpopular when it was released because of some changes they made to the look and feel of Windows. As a result, many XP computers actually have a license for Windows Vista included. If you have a sticker on the side or back of your computer that says Vista and has a code on it, you may be able to exercise this option. The advantage is that this is low cost and will work with your existing computer. This is not a simple upgrade. Your system will need to be backed up and wiped and reloaded, but it is far less expensive than a whole new computer. Windows Vista will continue to get security upgrades until April 11, 2017.

Option 2: Upgrade to Windows 7 (or 8.1)

Upgrading to Windows 7 may make sense if you have a relatively new and higher powered Windows XP computer. This will require purchasing the Windows 7 (or 8.1) operating system and then technical time to backup your data, wipe the hard drive, install the new Windows operating system and update everything. You will lose your existing settings and your applications will need to be reinstalled, but it is still less expensive than purchasing a new computer.

 

Option 3: Purchase a New Computer

On the right side of this page you will see several computer options from CCS Technologies. Many people decide that this is the best time to buy a new PC. Investing dollars into a computer that is older than 3 to 5 years is often difficult to justify as the hardware may fail at any time. CCS Technologies' computers feature Windows 7 and 8.1 and are setup and ready to use right out of the box. We also include up to a half hour of free support with every purchase to move your personal data over to the new machine. (note: programs do not transfer and may need to be purchased separately.)