Posts Tagged ‘Windows XP’

How to Protect Your Windows XP System After April 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Here are some useful tips for those of us who still have old Windows XP computers that we use from time to time …

You know by now — probably – that Microsoft will retire the Windows XP operating system for good come April 2014. It is also likely that you won’t notice lots of changes after that day, at least not initially. While new security patches won’t be released for Windows XP, everything else will work just like it did before. The core issue here is that new vulnerabilities that are detected after end of support won’t get fixed anymore, leaving the system vulnerable to these kind of attacks.


Windows XP Users Will Still Get Some Security-Related Updates After April 8, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

It’s always surprising to see how many folks still use Windows XP. The last I read, about 30% of PC users still rely on XP … about three times as many users as Windows 8 has attracted!

While still a rumor, it is likely that Microsoft will release Windows 9 in April 2015 or at least around that month. The core reason for that is to move away from Windows 8 as many associate failure with it. I would not go as far, but it appears as if Microsoft bet big on touch and mobile, a unified platform, and Windows RT, but largely ignored the company’s core user base on the desktop.


4 Technology Certainties for 2014 that will Rock the Computing World

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

A couple of these “technology certainties” do appear to be a pretty big deal … the rest of them, not as much.

2014 will be an interesting year from a technology perspective. Not only will it be the year of exciting that exciting new technologies are introduced to the public, it is also the year in which many computer users need to make a decision with far-reaching consequences.


No Big Deal: Google Supporting Windows XP Longer than Microsoft Does

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

It never ceases to amaze me to see how many folks out there are still using XP … even now, seven years after XP’s demise.

We all know that the days of Windows XP are numbered, and that Microsoft will officially stop support for the operating system in the beginning of 2014 (April 8 to be precise).  What this means is that by then, no support patches will be released anymore by the company. That does not make Windows XP a dead system the day after end of support, but it may very well make it a very vulnerable system due to unpatched security vulnerabilities.


PickMeApp: Deploy Installed Software on Other PCs without Reinstallation

Monday, September 16th, 2013

If this actually works as well as it sounds like it works, it sure would make it easier to migrate from one computer to another … aside from the caution about adware.

If you ever had to switch computer systems, say from a PC running Windows XP to a shiny new one running Windows 8, you may have encountered the situation that you had no way to get your installed applications from the old PC to the new one easily.


Surprise – Windows 8’s Usage Share Jumped in August 2013

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Yes, Windows 8 usage did jump by a couple of percent, but that’s still about 25% behind both XP and Windows 7.

Usage share statistics provide us with information how well a certain product fares after it enters a market. This is true for new web browsers but also operating systems.

Microsoft released the Windows 8 operating system eleven months ago in October 2012. The operating system had a rough start, even with all the promotions the company had going at that time.


With Windows XP Support Ending in One Year, What are the Options?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The most interesting part of this article, is the chart that shows how many people are still using Windows XP; XP has a bigger market share than Windows 8!!

So, the support deadline of Windows XP will not be prolonged and end on April 8, 2014. The change is affecting many computer users, with companies collecting statistics about operating system use seeing the operating system’s use as high as 38%. While the count will certainly go down, a trend that started with the introduction of the Windows 7 operating system, it is fair to assume that there will be millions of users still using Windows XP when the deadline arrives.


First Windows 7 Version Nearing its End of Support Date

Friday, February 15th, 2013

If you’re still running Windows 7 (like most of the rest of the world) you might want to check this out …

Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system in October 2009, roughly three and a half years have passed since then and it may come as a surprise to many that the first Windows 7 product is nearing its end of support date already. In fact, its support date ends before Windows XP support will end. How this can be? Lets find out.


Windows Vista Mainstream Support Ends Today

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

I’m kind of surprised that Microsoft still provides extended support for Windows XP … but then again, there are still a heck of a lot of old XP machines out there …

Microsoft is currently providing support for three client based Windows operating systems. Windows XP, which was first released in 2001 by the company, is in the extended support phase which will end on April 8, 2014. Windows Vista, which is entering the extended support phase today on April 10, 2012, and Windows 7, which is still in its mainstream support phase.


Classic Shell Adds a Start Menu Back to Windows 8

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

If you’re dreading the loss of the Start Menu in Windows 8, here’s a third party add-on that can bring the Start Menu back again …

With Windows 8 shipping without a start menu, third party solutions are starting to be released to fill the gap for users who prefer to use a start menu in Microsoft’s upcoming operating system. We already reviewed Start8, a third party app that is bringing a version of the Metro start page to the desktop front of the operating system.