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The Final Count Down! Windows XP End of Support

Mar 8th, 2014 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

End of Support Countdown

As I am writing this post, the countdown at the Windows XP end of support page reads 30 days, 13 hours, 26 minutes, and 48 seconds.  What does that mean? It means that in one month, Microsoft will no longer be providing extended support for XP and it is highly recommended that you upgrade.

Many think, “I don’t need Microsoft support so it isn’t going to affect me.  How many times have I called Microsoft for help… Never!”

While I agree that you don’t normally need Microsoft for direct support (hopefully, you are using your friendly local computer service provider like L5 Solutions in Indianapolis) there could be some scary things as a result of the end of support.  The biggest impact of this is that as new security issues and vulnerabilities are identified, they WILL NOT BE FIXED.

What does that mean?  Well, for a supported operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8, as bugs and security risks are identified, often found by third parties and publicized, Microsoft will find the issue and fix it.  But after April 8th, the scary thing is that when a security risk is found, everyone will know about it, but it will not be fixed.  So, all of those hacker wannabes out there will have some low hanging fruit… It is a known risk and they know it won’t be fixed!  Probably wouldn’t be a good idea to access any bank accounts from a Windows XP computer.

Working with Small Businesses for their computer and IT needs, I completely understand that there are budget constraints and you can’t always upgrade, but this is one that you will want to make a priority.  If you don’t have the capital to replace all of your old XP machines at once, there are options.  For example, we are helping one company replace a server and 15 XP desktops by rolling the hardware, software and labor into a 3 year $1 buyout lease.  This allows them to spread the cost over 3 years and become safer and more productive NOW.

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