Published May 9, 2014
Still using Windows XP? To keep your information safe, now is
the time to pick up a new computer, or upgrade your old one.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft's support of Windows XP ended. There
will no longer be patches and updates for Windows XP, leaving those
machines vulnerable to security breaches and bugs. Without vendor
support, organizations like UB can't continue to support Windows XP
Some computers running Windows XP can be upgraded to a newer, supported operating system, such as Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, so check the requirements to see if your machine can handle Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8/8.1.
Newer computers are 64-bit, so in the future it may be harder to
get a 32-bit version of software. "People are better off
staying current," said Saira Hasnain, Director of CIT's Enterprise
Infrastructure Services. Upgrade to 64-bit, if you can. Keep in
mind that you can’t upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows
to a 64-bit version without a fresh install.
Many computers with Windows XP just aren't robust enough to upgrade. They're too old, slow or don't have enough memory to handle a new operating system. In those cases, you really have no choice but to purchase a new computer to keep both your computer and personal information safe.
"Most people can find a new computer that meets their needs for
around $400," Saira noted.
When XP support was on the eve of going away, Saira admitted she
also needed to buy a new computer for home. "[My XP machine] could
do everything I needed, but as of tomorrow, it wouldn't be safe,"
she added. Because her home computer was unable to meet the upgrade
requirements, it had to go. If your XP machine can't be upgraded,
UBIT strongly advise you to replace it as soon as possible.