To upgrade XP or not?

By February 24, 2014QCS Group Blog

It’s hard to believe that Microsoft Windows XP has been around since 2001, 13 long years. It’s been a staple of business environments for many years and most users have become accustomed to it and are quite capable with it. Microsoft support for Windows XP ends on the 8th of April, 2014 so the question is do you upgrade now or later? If your computers are regularly on the internet, sooner would be better. Antivirus software will continue to help with virus and malware threats but any new XP vulnerabilities discovered will likely remained unpatched and therefore vulnerable to being exploited by criminals.

Following are some things to consider if you wish to upgrade –

  • Is your current system hardware adequate for a new version of windows? Windows has an Upgrade Advisor which is quite useful and can be found here – Upgrade Advisor?for Windows 7 and Here for Windows 8.?It should give you a report on any problems that may be encountered with an upgrade.
  • Isn’t suitable you will need to ponder the cost to upgrade to a new machine and whether you want Windows 7 or Windows 8. There are still a number of machines available with Windows 7 despite Windows 8 being the current offering.
  • Is your data backed up? If not, can this be done easily prior to replacing computers?
  • The ability of the user – will you and your staff handle the learning curve of using an unfamiliar operating system?
  • User training – will you need to provide additional training?
  • Currently installed programs – will they work on a newer version of Windows and if so, do you still have the original installation disks?

 

With all that being said, upgrading is not as daunting as it may seem. Our friendly technicians have been performing XP upgrades for many years and are happy to assist. Should you wish to discuss this further please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 858 723.

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