Over the past several years, definately since Windows 7 was released, businesses are slowly but surely replacing Windows XP. However, as of last December, around 500 million computers will still be running Windows XP. We’ve compiled the top 7 reasons why you need to give up Windows XP right away.
Viruses, Malware, Trojans and more. Windows XP is one of the most exploited operating systems. This was improved with later releases of Windows XP, but security was bolted on after the fact. Hackers and Virus Authors have a huge library of tools to exploit your Windows XP. Many are already “zombies” and part of botnets (computers controlled by a central command to do their bidding). Windows 7 and 8 were built with security in mind from the ground up. That’s why most malicious code writers are attacking the applications now rather than the Operating System itself (see our post about Mac Viruses)
12 Years is a long time in Computer terms! That’s right, Windows XP is 12 years old, which is practically puts it in the senior citizen category for computer programs. In fact, it was released the same year that the first iPod was released. Since then there have been multiple generations of iPods, iPhones and iPads. No one should be running an operating system that predates the first iPod!
Even Windows Vista is safer! Its true. Windows XP is currently the most unsafe operating system that is currently supported. Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS X, and modern versions of Linux are all safer.
Designed for a Different Time. Windows XP was built for a different period of our computing evolution including the use of Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and smaller screens. Smartphones were essentially non-existent, Tablet computers only existed in niche markets, and laptops were huge, heavy, and expensive.
Patches and Band-Aids. There are more patches and band-aids on Windows XP to keep it running causing Windows XP to under perform even on good hardware.
Support is Ending. Mainstream Support for Windows XP ended in April of 2009, over 4 years ago. With only critical security updates since.
Did I mention Malware? You can of course continue to use Windows XP, but with more malicious software than ever. Of Internet connected operating systems, Windows XP is definitely the least safe.
XP is a relic from a different time. Use it at your own risk!
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Add More Memory. An effective and inexpensive way to improve your computer’s performance is to install more memory (RAM). Unlike your hard drive which you store all of your data, adding more computer memory will speed up your computer programs, allow you to run more applications at the same time, and improve responsiveness.
Perform Regular Maintenance on your Computers. It sounds cliché, but like your cards, your desktops, laptops and servers need regular maintenance to perform at top speed and reliability. If you have a standard hard drive (not a newer solid state drive), defragmenting your hard drive will greatly improve performance on loading applications and files. Also you should periodically scan your hard drive for errors.
Keep your Operating System and Software Up to Date. Running your Windows Update or Mac OS-X System Update will make sure you are running the latest version. This will make sure that any known vulnerabilities are plugged up and that any known performance related bugs are fixed.
Run a Spyware Scan once a week. Although you may already have Antivirus software running, you should also install an additional Spyware/Malware scanner to clean up any thing not picked up or left behind by your web-surfing. Spyware does suck up system resources to do its dirty work, ultimately slowing your computer down and causing it to crash. And on top of that, they frequently steal data!
Remove unnecessary programs from running in the background. Many computer manufacturers will load all sorts of tools and utilities and over the course of time of trying out programs, they will leave things running in the background even after reboots. Each of these processes saps a little bit of performance from your computer. Add them up together and you are taking up a large chunk of your resources. Uninstall programs you no longer need and disable those that don’t need to run in the background.
Although these recommendations will certainly help speed up your systems, it’s not a silver bullet. If your computer network is seriously out of date or constantly crashes or is painfully slow, find an IT support provider. Then it’s time to “Keep Calm and Call Triada Networks.”