Term support Microsoft Windows XP
As specified by this article, Microsoft has decided that as from 8 April 2014 will no longer support its glorious operating system Windows XP version 5.x. It should run for cover, because even as highlighted in this article Repubblica.it, it seems that the hackers are preparing a mass attack on all those PCs that, not having the support of the updates and then the system flaws, could be vulnerable attacks.
Many of you will already have seen this message on your computer:
What does it mean for Microsoft Windows XP-term support?
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP in the last 12 years. Now, however, high time for Microsoft and its hardware and software partners, to invest available resources in support of the latest technologies, in order to continue to offer new quality experiences.
Consequently, after 8 April 2014, the technical support for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates for security that can help protect your PC. Also from this date, Microsoft will no longer allow even download Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP. (Important: If Microsoft Security Essentials is already installed on your PC, you will continue to receive updates for the anti-malware signatures for a limited period, this does not guarantee that your computer will be safe, because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to protect the Windows XP operating system)
If you continue to use Windows XP once the support, your computer will still work, but may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. In addition, since the number of hardware and software vendors who continue to optimize their solutions to the latest versions of Windows is constantly increasing, more and more apps and devices will not work with Windows XP.
To help you see if your PC with Windows XP is suitable for upgrading to Windows 7, download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor . The program scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs looking for known compatibility issues, provides information on how to resolve potential problems and on what to do before you upgrade.
- Download and run Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe to install Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
- If your PC is running Windows XP, during the installation process you will be verifying the installation of the .NET Framework 2.0. If the program is not present, you can install it at this stage.
- Connect and turn on any USB devices or other devices, such as printers, external hard drives and scanners, used regularly with the PC you’re checking
- Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Start menu or the desktop
The verification program requires Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 2 and the .NET Framework 2.0 or later if you are running Windows XP: if your PC does not have the .NET Framework, you can download the version 4.0 from here .
Following initial testing and subsequent experience, I have found that you can make a “Progressive Upgrade” (ie incremental update) directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 modern and functional, from Windows Vista.
E ‘can then evaluate the possibility of updating your PC while keeping all (almost) what you have installed and configured in years of work! The assessment must be made on the possibility of buying a new PC and make the transfer of data alone, in which case the costs are mostly hardware and software and can not be siphoned installed applications that will then reinstalled and reconfigured; or, provided the PC hardware allows it (possibly strengthening it in RAM), consider my “Progressive Upgrade” that does not require the need for economic investment.
The following table shows the relationship of compatibility between versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Windows Vista Starter -> not upgradeable to any edition of Windows 7
Windows Vista Home Basic -> Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium -> Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows Vista Business -> Windows 7 Professional
Windows Vista Enterprise -> Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows Vista Ultimate -> Windows 7 Ultimate
One of the things that still many users still use XP’s Outlook Express, which unfortunately (or fortunately) no longer be used in Windows 7: The program and all mail can be easily transferred into Microsoft Office Outlook, Windows Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird.