Solved XP not being supported after next year? what do I do?

November 5, 2012 at 12:50:26
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb
Can I download something to replace the XP or what?

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November 5, 2012 at 13:04:36
You could buy Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or you could live with an unsupported XP.

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November 5, 2012 at 13:15:42
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When Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP, it means this:

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

It does not mean your Windows XP will stop working after that date, but it does mean that eventually software developers will probably stop supporting XP too, which means you won't be able to run newer versions of some applications.

There's nothing to stop you continuing to use XP, after all, many people are still using Windows 98 even though support for it was stopped years ago.

All the existing Microsoft fixes for XP on the web will remain, there just won't be any new ones. If you feel you need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows you'll have to buy it at a software store but make sure your PC maker has drivers for that version. Otherwise buy it ready-installed with a new PC.

"End of support" is more critical to business users and large companies who must have direct support from Microsoft when a serious problem occurrs with the OS, because that means they are losing lots of money till it's fixed. If they are still using XP after the cut-off date, Microsoft won't help them fix it.

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November 5, 2012 at 14:20:39
In business it's largely a matter of compliance. Laws are very strict nowadays regarding IT systems and an unsupported OS just won't be acceptable, at least in the larger corporations.

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November 5, 2012 at 15:23:40
You can't put a McMansion on a 1000 sq feet of dirt.
Nor can you put Windows 7 on a old xp box. Actually you can but only if you have no expectations of how it will run.

Consider a new system all together.

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November 5, 2012 at 17:40:04
Don't panic, anyhow your computer could pop its cork before then.

Your main concern for a few years is security. See this "HowTo" and the link at the bottom to the second (more general) one:

You don't need MS support help if you run into trouble, there are plenty of computer forums around including this one - they take years to fizzle out. Use Google too.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 5, 2012 at 17:47:50
Specs: Windows XP, 512mb

If you only have 512MB RAM, your computer probably doesn't even run XP very well. It definitely won't handle Win7 or 8. Regardless, you have at least 2 years before you need to start worrying. In the meantime, do yourself a favor & add more RAM.

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