Incase you haven’t heard, as of yesterday 8th April, 2014, Microsoft has stopped all support for its Windows XP edition so you might want to change your operating system ASAP.
It put up this statement on its website:
“Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC is secure because Microsoft is no longer providing security updates to help protect your PC.)
If you continue to use Windows XP now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.”
There, you heard (read?) it for yourselves folks. Change it or risk hack attacks. It may run perfectly for a while but c’mon, you don’t want your private data being at risk of exposure do you?
No, you don’t have to do it right away but please do consider a change of OS or change your PC/laptop if it can only support Windows XP. Windows 8.1 is coming out soon so you might want to consider that one.