Time To Break Up With Windows XP and Vista

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Time To Break Up With Windows XP and Vista. 

As a matter of fact, it was time to do that 2 years ago.

We know the saying, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”.  And for many things, that statement holds true.  But when it comes to your computers, nothing can be further from the truth.

If you have a computer running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you likely have noticed issues with speed, security & usability.  These old (ancient!) operating systems are no longer supported by Microsoft.  How does that really affect you though?  When we say they are no longer supported, we mean:

  • there will no longer be updates available for these operating systems.  That means that when new viruses come out, your computer can VERY easily become infected even when you have antivirus software.
  • If you call Microsoft for help, they no longer support the operating system so you are left to figure it out on your own.
  • The most recent versions of many software & backup solutions, as well as other programs such as Internet Explorer will not always be available to you on the old operating systems.  You are not only missing out on what is new and better, but your programs could easily stop working when you need to rely on them most.

How time flies.  Did you know that Windows XP came out in 2001 and Windows Vista came out in 2007?  The time has come.  We know change is hard.  We know your computer has been with you through thick and thin, hard times and good times, but you must let go.

It is important to know that you will need new hardware to upgrade to Windows 10 from Vista or XP.  Yes, you must get rid of that ancient, bulky computer you love and get something brand new that has Windows 10 installed.

So what are some things you will love about Windows 10?

  • Very efficient & quick
  • Touch screen capability
  • Most secure Operating System to date
  • Great new apps & games
  • Will be compatible with any new software or peripherals you buy

So take the plunge.  You deserve an upgrade.  If you delay, there is a good chance you will be left with corrupt files, data loss, new printers or peripherals that won’t work and worst of all, a lot of frustration!

*Keep in mind that you will want to have a plan for backing up your files and photos so you can reload them on the new computer.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Mark, Windows 10 won’t work very well on legacy computers, seems they just don’t have the horsepower. I have a not so old Acer with upgraded ram, it had Windows 8.1, and then along came the ‘required’ free upgrade, well it was a disaster. Why do I have to buy a new computer just so I can use Microsoft’s latest version of bloatware? The computer took over 5 minutes to load all the drivers and dependencies on boot up, and on top of that a Microsoft’s automatic update broke support for the TAP-Win32 Adapter V9 driver needed for the PIA VPN. Microsoft was very aware of the problem but they refused to fix it…hmmm wonder why? Maybe one of their so called ‘partners” told them not to. Spending Snowbird time in Mexico many Canadian (and American) sites are geoblocked so a VPN is necessary to watch even The National at 10. Fed up I purchased an SSD.. that helped only a little. Finally I dumped Windows 10 altogether and downgraded to a legal but out of date copy of Windows 7 that was on sale here in Guadalajara …Oh whata huge difference. My computer on a fresh install boots in less than 30 seconds. Pages load snappy and aps, including my VPN service are fully supported. Windows 10 is pure bloatware full of goofy aps such as Suri that auto load but nobody uses… It’s also full of (mostly benign but annoying) spyware sending your cookie info off to everyone and anyone Microsoft decides should have it. Windows 7 Pro is probably the best piece of O/S software Microsoft ever put out, but it didn’t make their ‘partners’ happy, so they designed Windows 10 bloatware.. it’s just awful.

  2. Windows has taken the plunge into unwanted software category, similar to spyware and ads and big brother bullplop. Back to Linux for me. Windows has nothing to offer anymore.

  3. Windows 10 is a huge invasion of your privacy.
    If you upgrade to it make sure you read about all of the things to disable.

    • Hi Mark. That is a great tip. There are many ways to customize privacy settings in Windows 10. When we set this up for a client, we always go through them to identify what each setting is doing, why and if the user wants it turned off. It is good advice to keep your system as private as possible. Anyone who upgrades should educate themselves on these privacy settings.

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