Survive the XPocalypse

Survive the XPocalypse

Don't be bullied into buying a new PC just because Windows XP is no longer supported.

As of today, Microsoft has announced that they are no longer supporting Windows XP and on their official site, they are advising everyone to upgrade to Windows 8.1.  However the chances are that if your PC was bought a few years ago, it won't be able to handle Windows 8.1.  Even if it can, Windows 8.1 hasn't been well received by the public due to its meta styled home page and apps being so awkward to use.

Fear not though, as there are steps that can be taken to keep your Windows XP machine secure, negating the need to upgrade.  The steps can all be performed by myself in roughly one hour.

Here's a few tips on what to do in the meantime.

  1. Ditch Internet Explorer - Windows XP only supports Internet Explorer up to version 9.  The current version is IE11.  Switch to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera which will all be supported in Windows XP for another couple of years at least.
  2. Stop using Microsoft Office - Along with dropping support for Windows XP, Microsoft have also announced that they are dropping support for Office 2003.  Don't upgrade to a later version of Office though as it could well be a waste of money considering that they may drop support for later versions of office that are running on XP.  Kingsoft Office 2013 or OpenOffice are both rich in features, free to use and most important, still supported on Windows XP.
  3. Get some good "paid for" antivirus.  As Microsoft won't be rolling out any more security updates, it's vital to have a top notch Internet Security package.  VCS are officially partnered with AVG to offer CloudCare, which includes their premium Internet Security Package.  Get in touch for more details.
  4. Use web based email through your browser - Stop using Outlook Express and just use a service such as Gmail to send and receive mail.  Gmail can also be configured to receive mail from your existing email address.

In addition to the above recommendations, there are several security tweaks that can be performed but require a little more in depth knowledge of the operating system.  Please get in touch if you'd like it all setting up for you so that you can stick with Windows XP - the operating system that just won't die.

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