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Reminder, Microsoft Ending Support For Windows XP

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It's been a good run, but if you haven't heard, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014.

What does this mean?  

Unsupported versions of Windows no longer receive updates of any kind, including critical secruity updates!  If a bug or exploit is discoverd your computer could be compromised and your personal information could be exposed to cyber criminals.

What should you do?

Upgrade to Windows 7 or newer.  Unfortunately, this "upgrade" requires a fresh installation of the OS (operating system), so important software and files will need to be backed up first.  It's also possible that older software will not work with Windows 7 and will require an updated version to be purchased.  It's possible to research the programs you use first before committing to any costly or unneccessary upgrades.

Need Assistance?

Crown Computers offers free consulting for our clients.  If you're interested in finding out more about how to protect your network, please call 858-483-8770.

Sources:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/what-does-end-of-support-mean

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/03/windows-xp-users-will-be-warned-of-support-ending-with-a-popup/

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