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Surviving the End of Support for Windows XP

surviving the end of support of windows xpA part of the Windows NT operating systems, Windows XP was launched on 24th August 2001 as a personal computer OS by Microsoft It was made available for purchase on 25th October 2001.

User interface

Windows xp operating system redefined Microsoft’s operating systems by introducing a new user interface. The addition of new visual styles was appealing. Its new looks gave the OS a complete makeover.

Infrastructure :

To combat the issue of piracy, Windows XP came with Windows Product Activation, where in a user has to activate his Windows license and had a unique ID. Administration tools such as Windows Task Manager, Registry Editor, Windows Installer, Disk Defragmenter and many more came with drastic improvements. The startup and launch time of applications was also improved on Windows XP.

Editions of Windows XP

Windows XP was launched with 2 editions:

1. Home Edition meant for consumer use
2. Professional Edition designed for enterprises

Both these Windows XP editions were released in boxed copies of Full and Upgrade licenses, and they also came PRE-LOADED on new PCs at the time of release.

What does ‘end of support’ mean?

Ever since its launch in 2011, Microsoft has been providing support for XP. But it came to a point when priorities shifted and Microsoft—as well as its software and hardware partners—decided to direct its resources toward latest technologies. This means the end of automatic PC updates and tech support for Windows XP. If you are using Windows XP, the termination of Microsoft Security Essentials and security updates means that your PC will be at risk of infections.

What happens with systems running on Windows XP?

The support may have ended but you can still operate your system on Windows XP, but know that your system is at risk of malware and viruses. Using Internet Explorer 8 to access the web puts your system at further risk of infections, as IE 8 is no longer supported as well. In addition to this, you might also find devices and apps not being compatible with your operating system.

What are the alternatives?

The latest version of Windows, Windows 8.1, is not supported by most old computers. If your system supports Windows 8 operating system, it will most likely be able to run Windows 8.1. To find out if your PC can run Windows 8 operating system, simply download the Windows Upgrade Assistant and run it on your system. You can then upgrade your PC by following the tutorial.

The termination of security patches is the single most worrisome aspect of the end of support for Windows xp operating system. It is advised that you install an anti-virus software and back up your data. With the end of technical assistance, you can always turn to the World Wide Web for troubleshooting tips.
Published by IzajAhmed Shaikh.
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I am, Mr. IzajAhmed Shaikh, Computer Professional, and Pro. Blogger, who belongs to Shahabad, Karnataka India. My basic Qualifications are B.Sc., and M.C.M. done from University of Pune, formerly known as, Poona University, also like to write articles based on my personal experiences.