If you are still using Windows XP on your home computers, this might be the end of the line for you.
Tuesday is basically the expiration date for Windows XP. After Tuesday, Microsoft won't support that operating system anymore. That means no updates and no new security.
This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Microsoft announced 10 years ago that Tuesday would be the last day for any XP support. Still, data shows that about 30 percent of people still rely on XP, and now those people can't update their system, and they can't call Microsoft for help with any XP problems. Tech experts said that with anti-virus software you can still use XP if you really like it, but you will be at greater risk from hackers. It would be better to switch to Windows 7 or 8. Those systems can cost about $200, and they have greater requirements from your PC. IT specialists say it might be more cost effective to ditch your whole computer.
"The newer operating systems have higher system requirements. There's RAM, hard drive space, et cetera," said Jacob Tennant, the Lead IT Development Specialist at Pierpont Community and Technical College. "They would be better served, or receive better performance from actually purchasing a new computer."
If you really like Windows XP, you can keep it, but you'll be at risk for having a weaker system.
Apr 09, 2014 at 8:31 AMXP may no longer be supported but in spite of Microsoft's "Scare-Mail", it is still a stable operating system. If you are a cautious user and by that I mean you do not open emails from people you do not know and never open an attachement you are not expecting, or, do not visit questionable web sites, then you have greatly lessened your vulnerability. Rather than spend hundreds on a new computer, consider spending anywhere from $25 (Malwarebytes) to $70 (Norton/symantec security)on a GOOD anti-malware program that provides real time protection and automatic updates