As the End-Of-Support for Windows XP approached, Microsoft employed a new technique to inform, warn and educate users into upgrading to the latest version of the Operating System. The pop-up message, which reads, “Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2014. Click here to learn more” caused more panic than expected with users believing it to be a virus attack!
Microsoft has never used this strategy on any occasion before. Because of the frequent pop ups and the ever present nag screens, anxious Windows XP users thronged our Windows XP help hotline believing their system is compromised. Various tech support teams had to use remote access to verify if the concern is legitimate or not. Only Windows XP users who elected to automatically download Windows Updates were able to view these pop ups.
This action from Microsoft has evoked strong responses from either side, with some blaming Microsoft for twisting the arms of their users into upgrading the system, while others believing these actions are required to contact and inform the wide number of users who will be using an outdated operating system soon.
Microsoft will be pulling the extended support on Windows XP nearly 13 years after its release. In short, this means Microsoft will not be issuing any more software updates to plug any existing vulnerabilities. Frequent Windows Updates and patches are what secure Windows XP and other operating systems from facing stringent Malware attacks. With the defenses down, Windows XP would soon turn into a hunting ground for malicious hackers exploiting any and every vulnerability they spot. This is trouble for enterprises that would have to shell out a huge investment to upgrade all the systems that run the outdated system.
Microsoft did respond to reports from irate users; “Since September 2007, we have been working with customers and partners to notify them that support for Windows XP would end on 8 April, 2014, and to help them migrate to a modern operating system. As part of those ongoing communications from 8 March, customers using Windows XP have been receiving a notification via Windows Update informing them of the support deadline and encouraging them to visit Windows.com to find out more about what end of support means for them. Our goal is to help all Windows XP customers make informed decisions about their option to stay protected after 8 April.”
If you need help upgrading your system and cannot decide which Windows version to install, contact our Windows XP help center and gather sufficient information on the same.
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Of late, the usage of Windows 7 has increased considerably among Windows users. This owes to the amazingly simple yet advanced features available in this OS. However, while trying to activate Windows 7 on your computer, you may encounter certain issues. According to the technicians at the Windows live support team, most users experience an error message while attempting to activate Windows 7 in their system.
Activating Windows 7 using Internet:
At first, you need to enter the product key of the Windows operating system that is available inside the Windows package. If you have purchased the product online, you would have got a confirmation email that would contain the product key.
Using direct connection:
By following these instructions provided by the Windows live support team, you can easily activate Windows 7 OS in your system. To get more assistance on the same, you may get in touch with our technical support team.
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It’s been more than two months since Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP. But even now, millions of PCs and computers across the globe happen to use this aging operating system. It seems that people are finding it hard to let go of this popular operating system. But things will not be easy for those who cling on. They will have to live with the malicious threats they expose their systems to, if they don’t move on to newer Windows versions.
No, let us analyze the probable reasons why some SMBs and people worldwide are reluctant to migrate to new versions. Many SMBs have old software that they use for various purposes like accounting, etc. If these have to migrate to newer Windows versions, they would definitely have to buy or look for newer software. Some of the software they are using, depend totally on Windows XP for their proper working. This makes it extremely difficult to part with Windows XP.
Moreover, one of the obvious reasons why SMBs or people are unwilling to upgrade is the fact that this is a costly affair. Some SMBs believe that the money, effort, and time required for upgrading and training staff is too much. But they should consider the amount of risk they are putting their data in, ever since support ceased. After the software maker pulled the plug on Windows XP (no more Windows XP help and support), hackers have gotten numerous opportunities to exploit the lack of security. You never know when you will be running a malicious code in your system. You may even inadvertently compromise important confidential data.
Would you just cling on to something just because it’s familiar, even though there’s risk involved? Windows XP formed a part of people’s lives which was constant. The debacle of Windows Vista made things worse, as people became wary of upgrading to newer versions.
Whatever the reasons that are stopping them upgrading their systems, people should consider the huge security risks they are unnecessarily putting their PCs in, because there’s no Windows XP help or support to speak of anymore. Moreover, Windows security patches for newer versions can be used by various hackers for examining and finding flaws. If they find something similar in Windows XP, it’s just a matter of time before they start exploiting it.
If you wish to continue using Windows XP, you better stay off the internet, suspicious third party software and anything that can potentially harm the system.
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Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, recently pulled the plug on its hugely popular Windows XP OS. The software giant has extended Windows XP help and support many times, before due to the overwhelming number of requests to continue the support. But now, they’ve gone all out and stopped provision of any support. Seems it is time to let the beloved operating system go.
Now, there are many users still harboring denial. The fact needs to be faced, that no official Windows XP help or support, means no security more updates. The only option when it comes to support for Windows XP is the paid one. But this option is not available for everyone; only certain corporations and government organizations can avail it. For others who are still religiously clinging to Windows XP, it is a dangerous situation. Security breaches can easily be avoided; all you have to do is upgrade.
The thing is, people are not totally unaware of the implications and adverse consequences they may face, should the computer system they use develop an OS related problem or a glitch. Most know and are willing to brave the consequences. They hate change. When you get used to something, you hate to try out alternatives. Windows XP has been around for more than a decade. In the tech world scene this is a huge amount of time.
It’ll be very difficult for Microsoft if the users continue using the aging operating system, which it could seriously jeopardize the security of even the modern versions of Windows. Agreed, Windows 7 and 8 are both very different from XP. But, it is obvious that there is still some common code shared by these operating systems.
The security shortcomings inherent to using Windows XP, are not that readily apparent, and sometimes won’t even manifest. But, your PC or computer will remain extremely vulnerable to malicious threats. The only real solution to that is migrating to a modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. You may require upgrading your hardware too. An alternative for those who cannot afford this, is augmenting computer security against possible threats. For instance, you can remove unnecessary software, disable certain services, etc.
Many Small and Medium scale businesses, and millions of users are still holding on to Windows XP. But despite the features it espouses, the security risk it poses simply cannot be ignored or even dismissed.
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The popularity of the smartphones and tablet computers has brought desktop PC sales to an all-time low. But, according to many tech experts, this trend is going to change in the next few months with many corporate users starting to buy new desktop PCs for their offices in order to replace the old outdated systems.
Sales of desktop PCs expected to rise
The main reason for this is Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP help and support services back in April, this year. If you look at the Windows OS market, you will see that Windows XP still has about 25% market share. This mainly consists of corporate houses and organisations, which need to use the desktop systems rather than the latest tablet computers or smartphones.
Desktop PCs are still the best solution for web developer, writers, etc, who needs to do a lot of typing. It is not practical to use a touch screen device for typing up office documents, writing articles, generating reports, writing software coding, etc. Plus, there is the advantage using a big screen monitor or multiple monitors, when you are working for many hours on a computer.
So, ergonomically, desktop PCs are ideally designed for your office cubicle. This is why these corporate users did not upgrade their systems all these years. But, with the end of Windows XP help and support, they are now forced to consider the option of upgrading their systems. Windows XP and the hardware used for running it are now obsolete, and they realise this.
They will have to buy new desktop PCs and the latest Windows 8 OS for these systems. This requires huge expenditure for revamping the entire IT infrastructure of the firm. But, there has not been any surge in desktop PC sales so far.
This is because many organisations are exploring different options and trying to figure out the least expensive one available. According to reports, some of them have already started switching from desktops to tablets, while others are looking at cloud-based software solutions. A small percentage of them are actually waiting for Windows 9, expected to release in 2015.
But it is clear that many of them will have to buy new desktop PCs running on the latest Windows operating system. So, in the next few months you can expect to see a rise in desktop PC sales.
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