Tomorrow, April 8th, 2014, Windows XP will no longer be publicly support or updated. If you are a large corporation or government with a few million dollars to spare, then you can extend it for another year, but really time to move on.
October 25, 2001 is the day that Windows XP was released to the public.
Think back to where you were 12 years ago, in October of 2001.
- The 9/11 attacks had just happen, the US just started the war in Afghanistan, and Anthrax letters were appearing.
- The first and original iPod was just released; the first iPhone was still 6 years away and not even in development yet.
- The original Xbox, the one before the 360, was 20 days from being release.
- Michael Jackson was still alive.
- The Concorde airliner was grounded, but would fly again for a short time.
- Enron had not filed for bankruptcy yet.
- Michael Jordan was still married to his first wife; the divorce was filed in January 2002.
- China just was just selected in July of 2001 to host the 2008 Winter Olympics
- It was 4 days before my first wedding anniversary
- Our dog Dino was only 12 days old
- We had not moved into our town home yet
- Neither of our sons were more than an idea
- I was still driving my pickup, after which we leased & returned one car, then purchased and paid off 2 others.
In some ways it seems like a long time ago and in some ways it may seem like a short period of time. In terms of computers, 12 years is a very very very long time, like 2 life times in human terms. You would be ready for a new car before 10 years, why are you keeping Windows XP?
Go to http://AmIRunningXP.com
if it says you are running XP, run to the store and buy a new computer. Odds are if you are still using the same computer your bought 7 or more years ago, you need a hardware update also.
What should you get? Opinions vary. Get what you can afford, get what you want. Go to the store and try them out, look for deals. Regardless, you need to get something other than Windows XP or the next time you ask "Why is my computer slow" the answer will be "Because you are running XP, and it is probably under the control of a group of Russian or Chinese hackers using it to do bad things."
My opinion: There is nothing wrong with Windows 8.1. Yes it looks different, but so do you after 12 years. No matter what you buy, it will look and work a different, live in the past or come to the present; I bet you will find it just as easy to use after a few days, much like a new car or new pair of shoes. If you need help, advice, or suggestions let me know.
Just upgrade from Windows XP and Vista if you are running that.