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Windows XP is Dead: Now What?

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As of April 9 2014, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP leaving millions of computers without patches. Confusion and misinformation are still playing a pivotal role during this transition period and in this article Pc Doctor wants to take the chance to explain what’s going on and suggest what the best move would be in the post XP environment

If You Want to Stick to the Windows Platform

– Make an hardware assessment of your computer running software like Speecy and see if your computer can be upgraded to at least Windows 7. Do not forget to go to your computer manufactureer website and check if there are the drivers for windows 7 or 8.

– Run the Windows Upgrade Advisory tool from the Microsoft website and download the version for your OS.

– If your computer is upgradeable to Windows 7 or 8, back up first all your data, try to add more memory and upgrade to the latest version of your BIOS. Consult the motherboard manual before performing the mentioned operations.

– Get the new Windows OS CD and install the new operating system. After the installation, install the drivers and all the programs you had in the previous OS and perform all the updates required by the system.

If You Want to Get Rid of Windows (Which you Should) try Linux instead:

In some other cases old computer hardware that carries Windows XP is incompatible with the new Windows OS. Does that mean that we have to trash the old computer and get a new one with Windows 7 or 8 in it? Not really, since Linux is the right solution to this types of issues.

– Linux distros do not need to get an hardware assessment nor require drivers to work: the magic of Linux is that it can be installed as standalone system, as shared system and can even be only tried on a memory stick.

– Linux is an extremely stable OS that requires minimal hardware configuration to work and allows users to become more productive since this platform cannot get infected by viruses.

– Linux has a big deal of compatible programs and users do not need to fork hundreds of dollars in licensing to get Word Processing and Spreadsheet programs. As a matter of fact, Libre Office and Open Office are Office-compatible programs that can be easily installed in the three major OSes which are Windows, Macs and Linux.

– It is also time to debunk a myth: Linux is not complicated at all in terms of installation and learning curve. What years ago was difficult to learn on Unix programs not it has been diluted in pleasurable apps that span from learning languages to games.

– Linux is more secure and this is why: If Windows and Apple have user accounts consisting of username and passwords, Linux operating systems have three types of users: day to day user, administrator and super user. To get to the super user special command syntax is required and it is really hard to get into if you do not know what you are doing. This means that a virus rarely will be able to change the file system on a Linux Operating System because it normally cannot arrive that far changing the super user credentials.

The choice whether it is better to remain with Windows or to switch to Linux ultimately belongs to the user. However, given that Windows requires more work in terms of set up and maintenance, Linux is the winner because of its robust file system and almost never downtime period.