A PC running XP? What are the solutions ?

windows xp answers
windows xp answers

Last updated: December 25, 2022

April 08, 2014 marks Microsoft's Windows XP operating system end of support and that after 13 years of service, there will be no more support for Windows XP, one of the most popular versions of the operating system, launched in 2001.

And after?

This means in particular that its publisher, Microsoft will no longer release a security update. So if you continue to use Windows XP after the support ends, your computer will be able to function, but with risks.

What are the risks of using Windows XP after end of support?

1. Vulnerable to viruses and other security risks

The greatest danger of course comes from the lack of security updates, only the Microsoft Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus will still be updated for a period of one year. It is obvious that new flaws will continue to be discovered (and therefore exploited).
This means that your computer is vulnerable to viruses and other security threats. This is also for vending machines will no longer be protected in the event of a security breach.

2. Hardware and software not compatible with Windows XP

As more hardware and software manufacturers optimize their products for newer versions of Windows, programs and devices like cameras and printers will become less compatible with Windows XP.

So what?

To reduce the risk of using Windows XP while waiting for a more efficient solution, you can follow some very simple advice.

  • The most important thing is to carefully select the browser that will be used to surf the web. Internet Explorer 8, latest version available under Windows XP.
  • You can obviously switch from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 10 using software PCmover Express. It is offered by Microsoft in partnership with a specialist software publisher and which is available in French for free. It will provide migration assistance by copying personal files and profile information to the new system.
  • You can also turn to a linux distribution, and the distros that might satisfy you are Ubuntu and Linux Mint.