For once it is worth paying attention to the hype. Yes, the end of support for Windows XP is a serious matter.
April 8th is the last day, but don’t worry; there’s never been a better time to talk to us about a Windows-enabled future.
There have been four versions of Windows since XP was launched in 2001 but depending on the stats you choose to read, none have been as popular and as widely adopted. By Microsoft’s own estimates close to a quarter of all PCs may still be running the twelve year old operating system and that means that the end of support for XP does expose them all to some serious risks.
We’re all familiar with the delay while ‘Windows is installing updates 1 of 25’ message when we start up a PC, but probably didn’t consider that those automatic updates were ensuring that your PC was secure against attacks from hackers, viruses and malware.
If you’ve ever been a victim of a serious attack you’ll know that at best it’s incredibly irritating and disruptive, but at worst it can be a terrible personal violation, cripple all of your finances and delete some of your most precious digital possessions. The cynics say that Microsoft always make a big noise about upgrading when they have a new version of Windows to sell but this time the implications are far more grave than simply not being on the latest and best system.
One of our Novatech partners described the end of these patches and security updates as “like simultaneously switching off your car’s ABS, airbags, lights and removing the seatbelts. Yes you could still drive around fine but I wouldn’t fancy your chances on a dark, wet night.”
It’s not a risk you’d take in your car and with more and more of our lives from banking and tax returns to children’s school work and private photos stored and accessed on your PC, it’s a risk you really shouldn’t take on your computer.
Novatech’s IT Director is not the type for hype and exaggeration, but last week he told the us that it would be weeks rather than months before we see the first wave of serious attacks on PCs running XP. You can update third-party virus and malware protection software but unfortunately any PC running XP now will be too old to be protected safely in the long-term and replacement is the only viable option.
There’s never been a better time.
The good news is that there are so many options and incentives available, there’s never been a better time to buy a new PC or laptop from Novatech. We will recycle your old PC safely and securely for free and if you come into our Portsmouth store we’ll transfer all the data from your old machine when you buy a new one for less than ﾣ20.
And if you haven’t had a new PC for a while you’ll not only be amazed by the huge leap forward in performance, but how small and efficient Novatech PCs have become. For less than £250 the NBox II and the Pockit are both very small, near silent, energy-efficient, desktop computers perfect as High Definition Media players as well being capable of doing everything you can do on your current machine.
So the end of support for XP is a serious matter, but it’s also a great opportunity to buy a PC or laptop assembled and supported in Britain by a company who the readers of Which? magazine rate second only to Apple for reliability and service.
There’s more information about the end of support for XP on Microsoft’s site here, but give us a call, look online or come and see us in our show room and experience worry free computing for yourself.