If you have older Windows XP machines on your business network, you already have several reasons to replace them. The machines are most likely over 5 years old, which means that they could stop working at any time. Due to their age, the machines are surely out of warranty as well The machine are probably slow, as Windows XP had a limit of 3.5 GB of memory. Finally, Windows XP machines are also less secure than modern computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.
As if these were not enough reasons to replace your Windows XP computers, here is one more.
Microsoft support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends on April 8, 2014. That is only one year from now. This means that Microsoft will no longer release security updates, hotfixes, or provide ANY support for Windows XP or MS Office 2003. More information on the end of support can be found on the following Microsoft web page.
If you still have Windows XP machines on your network, they will become a major risk the security of your network. If a hacker figures out a new way to take over a Windows XP machine remotely, Microsoft will not create a patch to prevent this from happening. Your Windows XP machines will become immediate targets for malware and viruses.
The time to start replacing your Windows XP machines is now.
Hilltop has been recommending replacement of Windows XP with Windows 7, not Windows 8. All Windows XP machines should be replaced while Windows 7 is still available. We are hoping to skip Windows 8 the same way that we had our clients skip Windows Vista.
If you still have Windows XP machines on your network, please contact our IT consulting team to schedule the replacement of these ticking time bombs.