It’s finally here.
After more than 12 ½ years, today, April 8, 2014, is Windows XP’s retirement day.
After today, there are no more security updates coming for Windows XP. EVER.
And after today, NO ONE should be running Windows XP.
We’ve been talking about the importance of getting off Windows XP and of letting people you know about the importance of getting off Windows XP. But, the reality is that a lot of you are still running Windows XP. In fact, something like ¼ of you who are on the Internet on a PC right now are running Windows XP.
So, if you’re one of those people who are still running Windows XP today, what should you do?
Quite simply, go out and get yourself a new PC running Windows 8.1, use the tools Microsoft provides to migrate your files and your settings to your new computer. If one reason you’re holding back is you don’t want to use the new tile-based “Modern” interface with Windows 8.1, don’t let that stop you. There are two things you can do that will make Windows 8.1 look and feel a lot more like Windows XP than the “Modern” Windows 8.1 interface.
These two steps can go a long way to making you feel much more comfortable about switching from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
Of course, you can replace Windows XP with other things as well if you want. But at this point, most people who are on Windows XP are on it because they like it and are comfortable. So I’m trying to help you understand how you can get off your now-dangerous Windows XP as quickly as possible with as little hassle as possible.
If you’re running Windows XP, you may be just fine today, or even for a month from now. But make no mistake, you are now running a dangerous system and should get off of it as quickly as you can.
In short, at this point, you should run, don’t walk off of Windows XP.
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