Windows XP will go down as one of the greatest operating systems that ever lived. Unfortunately, Windows XP is nearing its expiry date.
In April 2014, Microsoft will officially stop supporting the aging operating system, which means no more security updates, patches, or any official fixes. If you’re reading this on Windows XP (like a surprising number of visitors to our website do), then it’s time to upgrade.
Maybe you’re the type of person who likes to say silly things like, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Or maybe you’re just poor and don’t want to pay $80 for a new Windows license.
But I’m here to tell you that upgrading from Windows XP is a really, really, really good idea. Here are the top 3 most important reasons why you need to upgrade soon:
If you were using any other decade-old operating system, you would hardly get anything done during a workday. Windows XP is no average operating system, but that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. Windows has always been the world’s most productive operating system and productivity is always a main focus at Microsoft HQ (at least it was until Windows 8).
Windows 7 introduced all sorts of features that are virtually guaranteed to make you more productive, including:
–Aero Snap, which allows you to maximize, minimize, and split your screens simply by moving your open windows to different sides of the screen
–Expansive search feature from the Start bar, which allows you to type in a few letters and instantly view files and documents with those letters. It’s a thousand times faster than searching in Windows XP and it’s saved me a considerable amount of time. It even searches through Office documents to find any words or phrases you type.
–Automatic defragmentation and registry cleaning which keeps your files optimized and organized
–Hundreds more shortcuts and productivity tools
As with anything, Windows 7 will come with a bit of a learning curve. But it’s really just an improved version of Windows XP. Once you get used to the productivity features mentioned above, I can guarantee you’ll become more productive.
“Access new technology” sounds like a headline you’d see on any tech hardware website. Yes, it’s a stupid, clichéd phrase, but it works here. After installing Windows 7, you’ll be able to use all Windows peripherals, software, tech toys, and more. Every piece of Windows software and hardware out today is compatible with Windows 7, while support for Windows XP continues to dwindle.
If you’re frequently encountering compatibility errors when plugging hardware (especially USB 3.0 hardware) into your Windows XP PC, then I encourage you to upgrade.
Here are a few of the peripherals that you can’t enjoy (or at least are very difficult to enjoy) on Windows XP:
-USB 3.0 devices (they may use USB 2.0 on XP computers, which can defeat the point)
If the last two reasons to upgrade didn’t appeal to you, then this one should. After April 2014, Microsoft won’t be supporting Windows XP any longer. April 2014 is going to be one of the biggest months ever for hackers. They’re going to look for any possible exploits in that last update to Windows XP. Once an exploit is found, it’s a simple matter of finding someone who still has Windows XP installed.
There are going to be lots of easy victims out there. Even if you’re running antivirus software and taking the necessarily precautions online, you probably won’t be able to avoid 100% of virus and malware attacks. Windows XP will simply have too many holes.
As soon as that last Windows update is released, some of the brightest minds on the internet will reverse engineer the update to find any holes or potential areas of attack. And since Microsoft will not be patching these holes ever again, these exploits can exist in perpetuity. That’s bad. April 2014 will be a bad month for Windows XP users, but it’s only going to get worse from there as more and more holes are discovered.
Windows XP was one of the greatest operating systems to ever grace the desktop PC. Unfortunately, it’s time has come to pass. If you don’t like the bizarre new interface of Windows 8, then upgrade to Windows 7. Windows 7 is significantly better than Windows XP and Vista and will improve your PC’s security, productivity, and support for new technology.
If you need more reasons to upgrade to Windows XP, then what the heck is wrong with you?