Windows XP will not be officially supported from April 2014. You can keep using it but it will get more and more insecure and vulnerable to attacks as Microsoft stops supporting it and providing security patches and updates.
Windows XP has had a good run being officially supported for over a decade and if you’re still using it, you should be making plans to upgrade to something that will be supported from April 2014 onwards. Windows XP overtime will increasingly become more and more insecure and both hardware and software vendors will stop supporting it.
In case you’re wondering why this is happening, in a nut shell it’s because Windows XP has gotten old. It doesn’t support modern hardware properly and it isn’t as secure as modern versions of Windows because it doesn’t have user account control and certain other security features.
What do you do if you have Windows XP applications running in your business? You may still have important Windows XP applications. If your entire business is going to grind to a halt because you can’t run an old application on Windows XP, you can still upgrade your computer to a more modern operating system. This is why Windows 7 — the Professional version, at least — contains Windows XP mode, which allows you to run applications in a special Windows XP system. Essentially, your computer will run an isolated copy of Windows XP where your Windows XP applications can run.
Windows XP mode isn’t included with Windows 8, but you can set up something just like Windows XP mode with VMware Player on Windows 8. You can even use VMware Player — or another virtual machine tool, such as VirtualBox — to run Windows XP and your Windows XP applications on other operating systems, such as the Home version of Windows 7 or desktop Linux.
If you are needing some advice on what to do, give Conex a call today on 09 438 6493 or pop in and see us. We can sit down with you and work out what the best most cost effective solution for you and your business is.