Tuesday, February 11, 2014

AQ Users: Windows XP Being Retired...


Seems that Windows XP was a welcome relief from its predecessor Windows 2000 and Windows ME to the point that there are many individuals who are still using this as their operating system on the computers.

Windows XP was released on August 24, 2001 and is considered the second most popular Windows version from statistics based on an installed user base. For those who may not have known, the XP was taken from the work 'Experience' and provided a better user experience than earlier Window versions up to that point in time. Back on April 10, 2012, Microsoft reaffirmed that extended support of Windows XP and Office 2003 would end on April 8, 2014. (1)

At the time of this announcement, that date, April 8, 2014 seemed a long way off and yet, here we are in February, 2014 and it is only about 6 weeks away from now! According to a recent article from Computer World: 

     Microsoft will provide the final public patches for known vulnerabilities in XP on April 8; after that, customers will face an increasingly dangerous future, as most security experts, including those working for Microsoft, expect cyber criminals to continue to dig up new bugs, called "zero days", and unleash exploits on people who still rely on the retired Operating System."

According to this same article, Microsoft suggest that successful attacks against XP could go as high as 66 % after April.(1) This technical support also includes Microsoft Security Essentials in connection with Windows XP, it really is time to seriously consider upgrading to a newer operating system in order to continue to provide the best possible protection and user experience for yourself and your family. This is the best way to prevent any possibility of allowing your own computers to become vulnerable to security risks and virus attacks.

So what the options?



Looking at the Windows products page, one can upgrade to Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.1, whichever one you choose, be sure to do this sooner rather than later so that you will be able to continue to keep your computer with the most up to date security and virus protections possible.

Ancestral Quest works with all of these operating systems and wants you to have the best possible experience using our program and preserving your family data as best as possible.

1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP

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