05 April 2014

Goodbye Windows XP

In October 2001 Windows XP was released and over the years it has become the most used computer operating system in the world.  In the 12 years since there have been three new versions of Windows released - Vista, 7, and 8/8.1, but there are hundreds of millions of computers all over the world still using XP – actually 18% of Windows PCs. 

If you’re one of them, you should spend this weekend thinking about what you’re going to do after Tuesday – because on 8 April Microsoft will cease to support Windows XP.  While XP is still a great operating system there could be some problems if you continue to use it after that date. 

Hopefully I can answer your questions about what it means to you:

What will happen on 8 April 2014?

On that date Microsoft will no longer offer any kind of technical support for Windows XP.  That means there will be no more automatic updates from Microsoft – of most concern is no more security updates. 

Support is also ending for Internet Explorer 8, which is the default web browser for XP. 

Without those security updates your computer could be exposed to malware, viruses and other security threats.

Will my computer still work?

Yes, the end of Microsoft support will have no effect how your computer works.

Should I buy a new computer?

If you've been thinking about it, then yes.  Now would be a good time to buy. 

If you've been hearing terrible things about Windows 8, then let me reassure you that it’s not that bad, it’s very fast, and if you bypass the modern tiled start screen there’s a familiar XP/Windows 7 style desktop.  It has also been rumoured this week that a future update will reintroduce the Start Menu. 

Most of the software that you used on your XP computer (unless it’s very old) will still work on Windows 8, or this could be a good opportunity to negotiate with the salesman when buying your new computer to see what software they can throw in - a one year subscription to Office 365 would be good!

To help you move your files from your XP computer to a new one, Microsoft has a free tool – PC Mover Express.  This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email, user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new computer running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.  

If I don’t want to buy a new computer what can I do?

  • Use a more modern web browser – like Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox.  They are both free to download and will be supported on XP computers until at least 2015.  This will help to stop your computer being exposed to the most common threats.
  • Keep your internet security software up to date.
  • If your computer is suitable you could install a new operating system on it - you can still buy Windows 7 installation disks.  To check if your computer can run Windows 7 download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. 

If I buy a new computer is there anything I can do with my XP computer?

Yes, you’ll have no problems at all if you are not connected to the internet, so maybe keep it as a backup computer or for the kids for games or basic programs. 

Have a think this weekend about what you're going to do if you still have an XP computer and if you have any specific questions pop them in a comment below.


  1. great info, thanks for sharing. I pinned to Pinterest so others can have a read.

  2. Wow this is the first time I'm hearing this - thank you so much for sharing! I'm an old school lover of windows and I'm sad to hear it's leaving us. We already use Chrome and I only really use Windows for Word Doc. I guess I'll have to change that eventually.

    Thanks for joining us for Sunday Brunch with Mums Take Five, Nic

  3. Margaret Perusich13 April 2014 at 13:49

    Thank you Debra, and thanks for pinning my post.

  4. Margaret Perusich13 April 2014 at 13:55

    Thanks Nichola, I think Windows XP will still be hanging in there for quite a bit longer - it's still a great operating system. It's usually the computers that give out and cause the change away from XP - only because the new computers come with the newer versions of Windows. If you've got Chrome, and a good internet security subscription you should be able to safely use XP for at least another year - until Chrome stops support for it.

  5. Hi Techie Mum, Thanks for linking in with us for Sunday Brunch. I said goodbye to windows years ago ..... never looked back lol Great to see you :) Bel, Mums Take Five

  6. Emma Fahy Davis13 April 2014 at 20:09

    Yet more reasons not to regret switching to Mac ;) I'm actually running Windows 8 on the Mac through VM, but I hardly ever use it.

  7. I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 the other day, and I gotta say I am loving it. I was a bit nervous of the tiles and apps and the five year old thinks the computer is now a tablet, but it;s all good.

  8. Great info, this is the first time I'm hearing this! I'm reading happily though in full knowledge that I'm safe and more than content with my lovely Mac. Once you go Mac you don't do back! ;)

  9. Visiting from Sunday Brunch at Mums Take Five. xx

  10. Margaret Perusich14 April 2014 at 09:10

    Thanks for popping by Bel

  11. Margaret Perusich14 April 2014 at 09:14

    That's what I should be doing - best of both worlds!

  12. Margaret Perusich14 April 2014 at 09:17

    That's great - I switched a few months ago and there's only a few thing that frustrate me. I love how it's so much faster at start up and I usually just switch straight to the desktop so it's just like Windows 7 to me.

  13. Margaret Perusich14 April 2014 at 09:19

    That's what I'm hearing a lot. Unfortunately the college where I run training courses is all Windows, so at the moment it's easier to stick with Windows. Thanks Hope.