For once it’s worth paying attention to the hype

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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.

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9 Responses

  1. Robert

    March 16, 2014 10:34 pm

    Actually it’s not the disaster that Novatech would have you believe. Maintain a good firewall, scan for malware regularly, don’t trust email that you don’t recognise and don’t go to dodgy websites, and you’ll find it quite hard to be compromised by any future XP vulnerability.

  2. Simon Ness

    March 16, 2014 11:03 pm

    Surely you should be pushing an OS upgrade rather than a whole new system. I like your site but this is very mercenary….

  3. Phillip Harben

    March 17, 2014 8:06 am

    Totally agree with all this. I’ve been trying to convince my manager that this isn’t a “marketing ploy” but half of our systems here still run XP and he has no intention of upgrading just yet.

    I might point him in this direction… :-)

  4. JM

    March 17, 2014 8:56 am

    Or how about just buying a copy of Windows 7 or 8 instead!? Ridiculous to buy a whole new PC just because the OS needs changing.

  5. Carl Barron

    March 29, 2014 10:39 am

    XP support to finish so is there any reason Billions of customers should buy MS Software at all? Dumping customers who have invested billions into MS Software seem to be treated with contempt many do say do they not? What about companies large and small whose whole businesses are placed in jeopardy by Microsoft’s actions might Law Suits follow as a direct result I wonder?

    Even for those like myself using Windows 7 realize how this Win 7 program has had major key elements extracted since using XP such as reduced capability of the > Task-manger < in Win7. why they are even talking about taking the Task-manger OUT entirely are the not?

    Which means when your PC grinds to a halt you are STUCK in the MUD unable to activate re-boot. Many folks say, "That there seem to be a right bunch of Cowboy Programmers working for MS now doing the utmost to destroy Window OS".

    So what do you think about this and how is it going to effect you or your business? What I can foresee is that many portable devices will be running on Android and the like, thus leaving MS out in the cold especially if Android run out a program for business PC's as Sun Office has such as linux, Ubuntu FREE of charge.

    My Easy Publisher guide when when trialed out under government guidelines proved that one elderly lady completed her first ever publication in just 53 minutes with no prior experience of using MS Publisher. all others on the trial passed with nil faults. Proves the power that Bill Gates software has if teaching the use of is done well. Why not try my publication for yourself and see how easy it is? Download PDF file @ http://tinyurl.com/nbvpqpf

    Signed Carl Barron
    Chairman of agpcuk

  6. Carl Barron

    March 29, 2014 10:47 am

    Re edited:

    It’s a pity Microsoft didn’t roll out an easy OS for retirees as there is a Big Untapped market for such a program. A few years ago I published using Microsoft Publisher a Easy Publisher guide when when trialed out under government guidelines proved that one elderly lady completed her first ever publication in just 53 minutes with no prior experience of using MS Publisher. all others on the trial passed with nil faults. Proves the power that Bill Gates software has if teaching the use of is done well. Why not try my publication for yourself and see how easy it is? Download PDF file @ http://tinyurl.com/nbvpqpf

    XP support to finish so is there any reason Billions of customers should buy MS Software at all? Dumping customers who have invested billions into MS Software seem to be treated with contempt many do say do they not? What about companies large and small whose whole businesses are placed in jeopardy by Microsoft’s actions might Law Suits follow as a direct result I wonder?

    Even for those like myself using Windows 7 realize how this Win 7 program has had major key elements extracted since using XP such as reduced capability of the > Task-manger < in Win7. why they are even talking about taking the Task-manger OUT entirely are the not?

    Which means when your PC grinds to a halt you are STUCK in the MUD unable to activate re-boot. Many folks say, "That there seem to be a right bunch of Cowboy Programmers working for MS now doing the utmost to destroy Window OS".

    So what do you think about this and how is it going to effect you or your business? What I can foresee is that many portable devices will be running on Android and the like, thus leaving MS out in the cold especially if Android run out a program for business PC's as Sun Office has such as linux, Ubuntu FREE of charge.

    Signed Carl Barron
    Chairman of agpcuk

  7. Ben

    March 30, 2014 6:28 am

    Wow Novatech you have scared me sh**less, cant sleep at night…wont sleep at night, people are saying you only said this to increase your sales, but I know it isn’t all about money is it, you really do care, where would the ordinary run of the mill idiot be without people like you and Microsoft looking out for us, (yawn) back to bed for a few more hours…Zzz Zzz Zzz Zzz !

  8. Kevin Buck

    March 30, 2014 9:37 pm

    With the options being resource hungry Win 7 or unusable on a standard PC/laptop Win 8 and Apple being overpriced designer ware. The only, and I wish I’d switched before, option is Linux.
    Switched to Linux Mint/Ubuntu initially as a Dual Boot, after downgrading back to XP on a new Win 7 machine. Haven’t used Windows for a while now and not missing it . If you really need to run MS software just sandbox XP in VirtualBox.
    Not good for repeat Hardware sales or software support though. Software never slows down or gets viruses and hardware runs at twice the speed.

  9. Jerry Jerry

    April 1, 2014 4:19 pm

    Well, part of the thinking behind it is if you’re a business running a fleet of machines, upgrading them all to Windows 7 or 8 could be fine but if your PCs are running XP and are all fairly old, a new refresh of machines could be beneficial too.

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