As of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available. Don't let your PC go unprotected.
While your computer running XP will still run, the support Microsoft provided for your system - including updates, security patches, and malware protection - has ended. The chances of your computer becoming vulnerable to security risks will rise exponentially as new exploits for Windows XP are discovered, and left unpatched.
This article will address the top five questions Riptide Managed Services is asked about upgrading from Windows XP now that support has officially ended.
What will happen if I don't upgrade my XP computers?
First and foremost, they'll continue to operate as normal. While Microsoft has ended their support for Windows XP, you can still log in and do your work. However, Microsoft is no longer updating Security Essentials or IE 8, meaning the chances of your computer becoming infected with spyware, malware, or viruses increases on a daily basis. Additionally, new software and new hardware being released on the market will simply not work with your computer running Windows XP. Your computer will no longer receive automatic updates from Microsoft, meaning that as threats increase, there's nothing you'll be able to do to protect yourself.
How much will upgrading from XP cost me?
A typical business class new computer will cost between $300 and $600, depending on your actual business needs. Multiply the cost of the computer by the amount of computers you have, and then add about two hours of labor per computer for the data transfer, and setup and configuration of the new machines. You'll be on the high end of the price range for your upgrade, but at least you'll have an idea of what the price will be.
How long will it take me to upgrade all my computers from XP to new computers running the latest version of Windows?
Once onsite, expect each workstation to take roughly two hours. While the systems can be upgraded at the same time, individual attention will still be needed per system. Additionally, user training will most likely be required after the new operating system has been installed.
What if I have programs that will only run under Windows XP?
There are a couple of options for this scenario. Firstly, new versions of Windows have what is called "XP Compatibility Mode" which attempts to run the program in question the same way Windows XP did. If that doesn't work, it is possible to run a Windows XP Virtual Machine just for that particular software, however, it's not something we'd highly recommend.
What can I do to avoid something like this in the future?
Upgrades and OS Replacements will always be part of our computer lives. Damage mitigation through proper planning is the best way to avoid the expense associated with a large computer refresh. Additionally, using different operating systems such as Linux (with Long Term Support) as file servers, moving some operations to Cloud based computing, and seeking OS independent applications will provide additional assurance
Riptide Managed Services Is Here To Help You
Riptide Managed Services can help you develop a strategic migration plan to move away from Windows XP, and work with your company to ensure the smoothest transition possible. Furthermore, your dedicated technician will provide a recommended plan of action for you and your business to grow in confidence over the next five to ten years while avoiding the heavy cost of OS Migration in the future.
Call Riptide Managed Services today and mention this article for your free Migration Evaluation.