It’s a scary prospect when someone says they’re going to withdraw support for a product you have bought – and have been loyal to since its launch.
It’s even scarier when that product is one that you trust implicitly and yet one which you don’t fully understand.
So where does that leave you with Windows XP?
Chances are you have it on your laptop or PC and – without being presumptuous – we know that many people have tolerated it without getting to grips with its inner workings, rather than embraced it as a much-loved program.
But by now you’ll have seen the stark warning pop up on your monitor, sharing the news that ‘Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2014. Click here to learn more’.
If you boldly clicked the ‘Don’t show this message again’ option without upgrading to Windows 8 then let’s set to and reassure you that you’re not heading for I.T. meltdown.
May we also reassure you that the pop-up would have been genuine. It’s unlikely to have been a scammy, spammy note from some chancer trying to secure £87 from you to keep things running.
So what do Microsoft want from you?
They want you to upgrade to Windows 8 which, despite all the iffy reviews you’ve been reading – is not the disaster you would imagine it to be.
So here are the questions you probably want answering:
Q. If I don’t upgrade will my computer stop working?
Answer: No, but your software updates will cease to appear.
Q. That’s bad, isn’t it?
Answer: Not necessarily, as long as you have up-to-date antivirus, antispyware and a firewall. Your XP-running PC will still be vulnerable – but so will your Windows 8-running PC.
Q. Is this just a ploy by Microsoft to get me to spend more money?
Answer: Not really. Windows XP has been supported for 13 years and it’s now seven years since Windows Vista came out (time flies when you’re having fun, eh?)
So it’s not as if Microsoft launched one product and then promptly killed the one that everyone was using.
Q. Do I need a new PC to run Windows 8?
Answer: To get the best from the software, yes.
But we can guide you through the most cost-effective way of moving forward.
We love sharing expertise without putting pressure on customers to upgrade or buy new kit, and we pride ourselves on the level of appreciation our customers show.
So if we do suggest new equipment or upgrades it’s always for very good reasons.
But no two customer’s needs are the same, so do please call us on 0118 9260084 or email email@example.com to find out how we can keep your business I.T. systems working efficiently.
We’re running a terrific offer at the moment – but then we would say that, wouldn’t we?
Fact is, we are, but you’ll need to chat with us first to find out if it’s right for you.
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