I still have Windows XP installed on my PC. And now?

After 12 years, the version of the most popular operating system market will stop receiving updates from the company in charge of its development. On Tuesday (08), was the date on which Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft.

The strip-doubt technology column has proven alternatives updates and also how to migrate to a newer version of Windows, but from now what will happen to the user who has not had time to install an updated version of the system, or preferred leave the discontinued Windows version?According to Microsoft, PCs still function normally, but will be more prone to virus infection and vulnerable to other malware or even the action of crackers. This statement is valid, but is for the reader to then consider seeking alternatives to Windows XP. ‘s Windows XP still more popular than Windows Vista and Windows 8, according to statistics obtained from the site statcounter.com . (Photo: Playback / StatCounter) See the problems may occur: 

Security Vulnerability The operating system often receives via download packages with patches of any kind. Of course the most important concern safety. They are available whenever a vulnerability is discovered, then the development team goes to work to resolve the issue as soon as possible to avoid compromising security. Upon discontinuation, will not be available any correction. This does not necessarily imply that the operating system will stop working, but you need to take extra care. The programs also remain responsible for protecting working, however it is the responsibility of its developers continuing updates. 

Compatibility with programs As regards the compatibility with new programs, the reader needs to consider what is at the discretion of the developer to ensure the compatibility with Windows XP. Programs already installed will remain working, but their evolution can be compromised as well as possible fixes will no longer be available. It is important to pay attention to each case. At worst, you can run the programs for some time before the operating system upgrade or purchase a new PC is realized.

Support for latest hardware is necessary to take into account that Windows XP is a system operating at 12 years of age, which technology is very long. The system has worked well in newer equipment has been a great challenge to Microsoft developers. But it is the discretion of each hardware manufacturer to provide updated drivers and compatible with the operating system drivers. The trend is beginning to incompatibilities arise. The simplest peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, thumb drive, will stay running for following standard specifications in its construction. Although in some cases it is already possible to notice the lack of support for external hard drives, worth pointing out that even if a peripheral is supported by the operating system in a generic way of execution, possibly the hardware will not have the same performance as compared with the model current.

Difficulty in surfing the internet The default browser of Windows XP already has gaps in rendering pages developed with current Internet standards. For example: IE8 does not support pages created using HTML5.The add-ons (plugins) required for display at some sites, such as Adobe Flash and Java, can also stop working soon, making it impossible to view the full content on the pages. Currently, viable alternative internet browser is Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera Browser. But it emphasized that responsibility for the continued support of these browsers to Windows XP is the responsibility of the developers.


Although the operating system to remain running after losing the support updates, the reader must take into consideration that to guarantee the continuity of running with security and stability, the PC needs to have the largest possible number of programs updated. Moreover, it is necessary to perform the system update to a newer version that is receiving support from the manufacturer.