Friday, March 7, 2014

Windows XP

April 8th, 2014 is the final day of official Microsoft support for Windows XP.  We wanted to let you know what that means for you, our friends and patrons, if you're still running a computer that is XP.

First, what it does NOT mean:

  • It does not mean that your computer will stop working or self destruct on April 8th.  At least not because of Microsoft's decision to cease support.  You'll be able to keep using it as you were.  However, you may want to proceed with caution (see below).

What it does mean:

  • If you connect to the internet with an XP computer you could be exposed to security issues.  This is because those Windows updates you see from time to time will no longer occur and often times those patched vulnerabilities in that system.
  • Any new connected devices may not work properly.  For example, if you have a Windows XP computer connected to a printer and you have to replace the printer, it may not work or work properly with your older computer.
Thirteen years is a long time for anything computer related.  That's how long XP was out and supported by Microsoft.  Since XP, they've built and been supporting Vista, Windows 7 and most recently Windows 8 (8.1).  Those products will continue to receive Microsoft support.

At TSI RadioShack, in Kalona, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this issue and if you decide that now is the time to upgrade we're making sure that we have plenty of new computers and laptops in stock to choose from.