Microsoft Closes Software Support for Windows XP from Today
After the most successful journey of windows XP, Microsoft is withdrawing the software support for it from today. After 12 years of booming success, Microsoft wants to close Windows XP and its upper service packs like Windows XP service pack 2 and 3. The news was declared about a year ago so that the users can take necessary steps for their OS migration. Microsoft suggests you to move either to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
The report says that you can still install windows XP on your PC, but the security issues will affect on it. The version will not take any security update, and so, your computer and online activities might be at stake. Your PC can easily be trapped by the cyber criminals. This will affect most on the economical sectors like banks, insurance companies etc where security is so much essential.
The Reasons for Which Your PC Should Be Updated:
- Security Matters: The critical security updates are essential for every OS. Without security updates, your PC will be infected by harmful viruses, malicious software and spyware etc. On the other hand, only antivirus cannot protect your PC from all the said dangers. The hackers can easily be able to exploit software bugs in the current OS to hack into your machine.
- Lack of ISV Support: ISV (Independent Software Vendor) is essential to make your computer full of important software. Most of the software vendors are preparing their software for the updated versions of Windows platform, and so, Windows XP will not support a large number of software that are essential for your need.
- Hardware Manufacturer Support: The hardware manufacturing companies have completed required updates throughout the course of the year. So, if you install windows XP on a new hardware system, it might not work. If it supports for the time, your PC performance might be affected.
How to Migrate:
To upgrade your Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you have to download and run Windows Upgrade Assistant. This will check your system and decide which version of windows will support. If your system does not support any newer version, you have to upgrade your system.
The minimum need for a 32 bit processor is 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of Hard Disk space, and for a 64 bit processor, you need 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of Hard Disk space.