The Bell Tolls for Windows XP

The Bell Tolls for Windows XP

If you’re still running Windows XP, mark April 8, 2014 on your calendar. That’s the day that Microsoft ends final product support for Windows XP. Microsoft initially introduced Windows XP in 2001, and while the product will never officially reach the legal drinking age, it has been around for a very long time! Some manufacturers long ago dropped their support for Windows XP drivers and Windows XP compatible software, but Microsoft is only now terminating its support for the OS itself.

What does support termination mean?

For users, the biggest danger of NOT migrating to a newer product is security. Once extended product support is terminated, Microsoft will not patch any newly discovered vulnerabilities and will not develop remedies for any remaining known vulnerabilities. This will leave systems still running Windows XP open to whatever comes along.
What’s really at risk, though? Primarily, your data are vulnerable to attack and theft. It’s hard to put a price on security, and it’s even harder to put a price on the value of data. There are many different ways to get to the core of the operating system, and individuals and organizations that are still running Windows XP should consider migrating to a supported operating system immediately.

In terms of drivers, devices that have a Windows XP driver will continue to operate, but it may be difficult to find replacement devices if an older, supported device breaks or wears out. The manufacturer won’t patch vulnerabilities that are discovered in device drivers, so that takes you right back to the issue of security.

Software that works on Windows XP devices will continue to work, but like device drivers and the OS itself, die-hard users won’t find any updates, bug fixes or security patches, even if they’re critical!

The good news for Windows XP users is that there are exceptional, stable and well-tested migration options available. Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 all fall into this category, and all of these options have a large selection of device drivers available for a wide range of the latest devices.

In addition, Driver Detective, the popular driver management software package is available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. This support means that you can manage your device drivers for a new operating system effortlessly. Driver Detective will track the precise drivers you need for your computer. It will manage downloads, installations and backups of all of your device drivers, so you can respond to Windows driver problems before they impact your ability to use your computer.

Download your copy of Driver Detective today and see how much easier managing your Windows driver software can be.

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