Feb 042014

On April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP will no longer be available. Don’t let your PC go unprotected!

What is Windows XP end of support?

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for them, along with their hardware and software partners, to invest their resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that they can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.)

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.


How do I stay protected?

Buy a new PC
There are a variety of new computer options available from a variety of sources. Most of your local retailers, both local and online, sell computer systems pre-installed with Windows 8, the latest version of the Microsoft operating system. However, many of our customers find this operating system to be uncomfortable to learn and use. They feel it is not intuitive and hard to find the things they need to work.

Home & Business Computer Services is one of the few places in the Fox Valley area that still sells systems with Windows 7.  You can get a brand new or factory certified refurbished, fully warrantied, Dell computer system at a great price! When you buy a new computer from Home & Business Computer Services, as part of your purchase experience, we will transfer data from your old computer system and install any of your existing software programs at no additional cost!! You will also receive a selection of great industry leading productivity software to get you started with your new computer. This includes programs for zip compression, disc burning, movie player, office suite, antivirus/antimalware, and more.

Refurbish your old PC with a more advanced operating system
Many people consider upgrading their old Windows XP machine. However, most machines of this age cannot efficiently support the demanding system requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8. This is where the power of open source software comes in!

For a fee, we can replace your retiring Windows XP operating system with a more advanced operating sytem like Linux! We work with two of the industry leading versions of Linux (Ubuntu & Linux Mint) to bring you a fast, secure, stable operating system that is also FREE! Not only is the operating system and all it’s future versions free, but most of the software you get for it is free as well. You simply download what you need from an online repository and start working! Your new Linux installation will come pre-loaded with all kinds of useful programs to help you get productive from the moment you turn on your computer.

Linux is available for both refurbished and new computers purchased from Home & Business Computer Services. If interested, ask us for more information.

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