The day XP died and other news. 04/12/2014

So the era of XP is over now what… FYI many companies are not just dumping their computers and jumping to Windows 8.  However, I would not suggest staying on XP just to be defiant either.  XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and that is a big deal.  No patches, and for those home gamers (a phrase borrowed from Jim Cramer on CNBC) this means that if security issues or holes are found the will no longer be repaired. If you are not quite ready to jump to a new version of Windows the first thing you must do is make sure you have adequate antivirus and firewall software that is still being supported for XP. If the computer does not need to be connected to the internet or a network at all then disconnect it.  Some of these suggestions are from Iolo an company we market for through our affiliate networking. The are one of several companies still supporting XP users at this time.

A video explaining the XP Apocalypse from Iolo that you may want to watch.

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft® discontinued support for the Windows® XP operating system. Is this the end of the world as you?ve known it? No. System Mechanic will continue to help you maintain and secure your PC whether you have Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. iolo recognizes that when it comes to operating systems, one size does not fit all. Stay with what you?re comfortable with?we?ve got your back. If you?re a Windows XP user, it is more critical than ever that you keep your System Mechanic service active. In fact it is highly recommended that you upgrade to System Mechanic Pro to take advantage of triple Lab Certified virus protection and data security. This new tip series will walk you through many of the major security and performance vulnerabilities Windows XP users may face and show you how to prepare for these potential threats with System Mechanic. And even if you?re not using Windows XP, these tips can help keep your machine running at peak performance ? so stay tuned. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Please use the above link if you wish to purchase System Mechanic for your PC.

What next for migration:

  1. Determine if your old computers is capable of running the newer operation systems Windows 7/8 etc.
  2. Identify if you can start from a clean install or you need to migrate old programs to the new system or upgraded system.
  3. If all programs can be installed fresh and the install software is not an issue than it is easier to upgrade.
  4. Backup any old files from the XP system before beginning migration or upgrades.
  5. If software needs to be moved to the new machine then a “Migration Tool may need to be purchased”. Steps fro this type of migration are dependent on the software so each case may be slightly different.
  6. Upgrade old system based on best scenario for your needs.
  7. Restore personal files from the backup and you are on your way. If you use a migration tool as indicated in step 6 you must follow their restore procedure to move your old software and files to the new or upgraded system.

This basic procedure seem simple, but there are places if could fail as well as it is very time consuming.  The techs at E2 Computers in Tarpon Springs can help you with this migration.  The labor for the basic migration starts at $89.95. This does not include the cost of any software or operating systems.  There are 2 basic migrations fist is moving from an old system to a new system and the customer only wants to maintain there old personal files, picture, documents, music etc. The second is the same except that we are upgrading the existing system and completely reformatting the hard drive.

Any other migration will be priced based on what needs to be done and the software that needs to be used.

Again none of the pricing above includes the new version of the operating system.

For more information on migrating away from XP contact E2 Computers in Tarpon Springs at www.end2endsupport.com or 727-943-2406

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