Still using Windows XP? It’s time to change

Windows XP is getting his penultimate package updates and bug fixes. 

The last package has already marked the date: April 8. After that, no more update for the system, which means that security breaches will open, allowing any user vulnerable. Can not wait anymore:.

Those still using XP need to change There are several arguments to stay on XP:

programs incompatible with newer versions of Windows, old computers that will not take well with Windows 8, high prices to update, and so on. 

But no discussion: continue using Windows XP on a daily basis is not an option. Antivirus, firewalls or security program does not improve the situation, because you can use these same software on a newer version of Windows and have the protection of an updated system. 

This is not an evil scheme to steal money Microsoft consumers. Windows XP was maintained for 13 years, longer than any version of Windows yet. Windows 95 was abandoned in 2001, Windows 98, in 2006. Windows 2000, released in 1999, was supported only by 2005. 

This occurred without fanfare, because the use of these systems was very small.Unfortunately, this is not the case with Windows XP. Millions of computers still use the system. In Brazil alone, there are about 20 million. Partly this is due to the long life of the system. 

The first successor of Windows Vista XP was released only in early 2007, and did not like much. New computers continued to be sold with Windows XP and sometimes the cheaper machines, without appropriate to have an update for Vista, which required more processing power, memory and 3D-capable hardware. Nevertheless, it has also seven years ago and there was enough time for change. Another factor holding many companies to XP software are incompatible with newer versions of Windows.Earlier last decade, with the end of “” and update systems that still had DOS compatibility, such as Windows 98, new systems were developed.

 These systems, much more complex than those they replaced, now need again changes – which can be costly. Something similar still holds many companies to Internet Explorer 6, which came with Windows XP. The end of Windows XP is also the end of IE6, which, according to NetMarketShare, is still used by 4.65% of web users. But again, none of that matters. On the surface, Windows XP still seems to work well.Behind the scenes, it has design defects that can not be fixed without making incompatible software. 

Therefore, these necessary changes have been made ​​in newer versions of Windows that have been available for years. There was time to adapt -. It is not a sudden end software age. 

There is nothing surprising in this. What is surprising is how Microsoft’s system seems to have not evolved in a direction that actually encourages people to upgrade, as occurred naturally with other versions of Windows. This does not make the youngest and appropriate XP – it keeps old and soon obsolete. For those who really need to use Windows XP, there are ways, such as using a virtual machine to run Windows XP in an isolated environment just to continue using the software does not work on newer versions of Windows. 

In the absence of any solution to continue using older software, must be changed. ‘s clear that Windows is not the only upgrade path. If you do not want to abandon that old computer, look for a lightweight Linux distribution system, such as Xubuntu or, even more, the Lubuntu . If Windows does not want to, buy a Mac is not worth to continue using an obsolete software and be completely vulnerable web.