Certified IT Professional
Microsoft, Linux and Apple
In April 2014 the well loved operating system, Windows XP, arrived at the end of the product life cycle Windows Vista is the same in April 2017. This was when Microsoft ended updates and support, XP and vista will continue to work, so your computer will still be there to help you. . The problem is that there will be few new applications and more of a concern, many of the anti virus and anti spyware companies have indicated that they will no longer support XP or Vista. In turn this means the likelihood of encountering problems will increase significantly, XP and Vista have become very soft targets for the virus and spyware makers.
Microsoft are also ending life cycles of the following Windows systems:
Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support Windows XP April 2009 April 2014 Windows Vista April 2012 April 2017 Windows 7 January 2015 January 2020 Windows 8 January 2018 January 2023
It is interesting to note that even today most of the questions I see on Windows machines relate to virus and spyware issues.
You may find this a little unsettling but a more interesting show is about to unfold. Many large corporations and Government departments still commonly use XP. They have no special exemption or protection. It is hoped that they have a clear migration path in place or there will be a lot of organizations very exposed and some quite interesting headlines when it comes to the theft of money and information due to weak technology systems. An XP machine will become an easy target and in business a lucrative one for exploit as well. Windows Vista was never a sucessful system and take up was lower than expected.
So it is suggested that if you have an Windows machine you need to think forward and actually do something. If your response is 'well ok but I have no money to buy a new computer' there are solutions. You could run a version of Linux called Linux Mint, for free and the applications are free. They will also run on your existing computer. They are very stable and will read your existing data. Many of the programs are very similar to what you are used to so the learning curve is small.
Whatever you do, do not use pirated software. Often it has hidden built in spyware. You may find it an attraction but it will ultimately turn round and bite.
This migration path can be a bit frightening for some. If you know that you want to make a move and would like assistance then just ask. I can help you decide what to do. I can help you install Linux if that is what you prefer. I can help you find free open source software if you upgrade on Windows and need to replace some applications.
I offer the following service -
- Backup of all files - documents, images etc
- Removal of Microsoft Windows
- Installation of Linux system (Linux Mint)
- Reloading of your files
- Testing of the systems
This is usually a 4 hour process - so needs to be done in my workshop.
Contact me now to discuss a solution for YOU..
I am a Certified Linux Professional and have many years installing and supporting the system