WinXPocalypse : Upgrade Advice for Users of Windows XP

XPocalypseNow : 500 Million Windows XP Computers Unsafe!

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Why Risk Your Personal Information? Hackers Declared War on Windows XP April 8th, 2014

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Half a Billion Windows XP Computers Unsafe After April 08, 2014. Do a WinXPMigration Now!

The WinXPocalypse Is Here. What Will YOU Do?

If Your Computer is Running Windows XP,   Read This NOW!

Windows XP support ended April 08, 2014. Is Your PC Safe?

How do I know if my computer runs on Windows XP?

 

Click Start | Run | then type winver in the “Open:” box and press Enter.

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How to Run the winver command

If the results look like this:

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Note the Letters xp on the Windows logo

You’re the Target!

Your support ended on April 08, 2014.

Learn How To Avoid Attacks and Keep Your Personal Data Safe!

That’s right, about a third of the world’s computers are still running Windows XP. Win XP was a good operating system, some say the first successful version of Windows, but  the Microsoft XP Clock is ticking.  Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft. Unless you qualify for Custom Support, April 08, 2014 signaled the end of XP security fixes from Microsoft. What does this mean for the estimated half-a-Billion computers that are currently running Windows XP? XPocalypseNow! It means that there will be no security updates emanating from Redmond, WA.  Windows – love it or hate it, never before have you had you had the plethora of upgrade or non-Windows options available to pick from: Windows 7, Windows 8, iPad, tablets, Apple Mac, Android, smartphones, Linux. WinXPMigration is the process of upgrading from Windows XP to a more secure operating system in order to protect your computer and personal data from attacks that began April 08, 2014. WinXPMigration.com will keep you informed.

Time to do a WinXPMigration.

What are your options for upgrading your existing hardware, or maybe upgrading your lifestyle? Here’s the list:


Cross Your Fingers
Buy a New PC With Windows 8 Already Installed
Upgrade Your Existing Computer to Windows 7
Upgrade Your Existing Computer to Windows 8
Upgrade to Linux – For FREE
Buy an Apple
Use Your Existing SmartPhone or Tablet
Use “XP Mode”
Run Your XP Programs on a Virtual PC


Do nothing, cross your fingers and hope for the best. Maybe your XP hardware will NOT get a virus or malware infection. But after the WinXPocalypse the chances of infection hover near 100% – why risk it? Although this option is listed as #1, without a doubt it is the worst option – one I would NOT use.
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Buy a new computer, preferably with Windows 8.1. This is the most expensive option, but look at it this way: If you are running XP, chances are your hardware is already long in the tooth. With advances in computing technology over the past few years, especially in memory, hard drives, SSD drives and displays, consider that by spending $400 to $800 for a new computer you will increase your hardware’s capabilities by an order of magnitude, easily. This is the easy way to upgrade Windows XP. Transfer or replace the software you are currently using, move your data to the new hardware and away you go. Faster computer = Time Saved. All that negative press about Win 8 has you wondering? Ignore it. Much ado about nothing. There are plenty of free utilities out there that allow you to boot Win 8 directly to the Desktop with a Start button. On non-touch hardware, Windows 8.1 boots directly to the Desktop by default. Windows Learning curve near zero. I’ve been using Win 8 for nearly a year & haven’t looked back. Easiest and quickest way to beat the XPocalypse.
What Are My Other Options? —^

Upgrade to Windows 7. Not only are computers running Win 7 still available new, you may also be able to buy a copy of Win 7 to use in upgrading your existing computer. This is the XPocalypseNOW bypass route that I took with my own 2003 Compaq machine. PCMover was bale to bring almost everything over to Win 7 during the in-place upgrade. Will you be able to keep your existing software and data? Look at the chart here. Will your current hardware support Win 7? Run this program from Microsoft or download this to find out. You may be able to move your data with the help of  Windows Easy Transfer, or move both software and data with Laplink’s PCMover. PCMover assists in moving software and data during an upgrade from XP to Win 7 or 8 but be aware, it is not perfect and some of your software may not run on a newer version of Windows. Otherwise, plan on re-installing your applications and data manually. Need Office-type functionality but can’t copy over your existing Office software? Download LibreOffice for Windows. Cost? Zip. LibreOffice can read/write your existing Office data files. Don’t forget, upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 is a shorter-term solution, Windows 8 will receive about 3 more years of support than Win 7. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to do a WinXPMigration.
What Are My Other Options? —^

Upgrade to Windows 8.  Will you be able to keep your existing software and data? Look at the chart here. Will your current hardware support Win 8? Download this from Microsoft to find out. If you need to stay within Windows, migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8 makes the most sense in order to avoid the WinXPocalypse. Plan on moving your data plus re-installing your application software, you may have to obtain newer versions in order to run under Win 8. You may be able to move your data with the help of  Windows Easy Transfer, or move both software and data with Laplink’s PCMover. PCMover assists in moving software and data during an upgrade from XP to Win 7 or 8 but be aware, it is not perfect and some of your software may not run on a newer version of Windows. Otherwise, plan on re-installing your applications and data manually. Benefits? A low-priced way to beat the April 8th XPocalypseNOW. Need Office-type functionality but can’t copy over your existing Office software? Download LibreOffice for Windows. Cost? Again, zip. LibreOffice can read/write your existing Office data files, even the new ones with 4-letter filename extensions. Don’t let the debacle with Win 8′s Metro interface stop you from upgrading to Windows 8 – there are plenty of free add-ons that let you boot directly into the Desktop with a Start button – looks just like Win XP or Win 7.  On non-touch hardware, Windows 8.1 boots directly to the Desktop by default. Like the Start Button? It’s already back with the introduction of Windows 8.1 – no charge. The coming Windows 8.1 upgrade is also more mouse-friendly – scrap those tiles! See my Windows 8 page.

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WinXPMigration Recommends Windows 8!

What Are My Other Options? —^

Upgrade to Linux. Very few if any of your programs will run on Linux. OK, none of them will run. And your data files may be unusable or un-convertible. On the other hand, if you want to continue using your old hardware for mundane purposes such as surfing the web or just learning the Linux operating system, Linux may be the way to go. Cost? Zero dollars and zero cents. Think Linux still uses a command-line interface like MS-DOS? Think again. This is not your Father’s Linux. New distributions of Linux such as Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian feature a graphical user interface that may be surprisingly similar to Windows. Do you just need light-duty computing like web surfing and Office-type stuff? Try Linux plus a copy of LibreOffice for Linux. Cost? Again, zero. Be sure to download the correct version for your “flavor” of Linux and hardware. Need compatibility with mainstream office apps? Use GoogleDocs or Office.com ( secure link ) through your Internet browser. Not sure you would like Linux? Many versions of Linux allow you to download an .iso file to burn a CD. You may then boot your existing Win XP computer from the CD, directly into Linux. The Linux distribution running from CD will include a web browser and some other functionalities. Sure, it will run slow, it’s running from a CD. On the other hand, you may test drive Linux without actually loading it on your existing computer. If you like it, install it permanently on your old Win XP machine. Recycling at its best – FREE! Note that Linux uses a different formatting scheme, all your existing Windows programs & data will disappear from your hard drive when you permanently install Linux! You may want to make an image backup of your existing Win XP hard drive before switching to Linux. Macrium Reflect will do a complete backup and is free. Don’t want to enrich Microsoft? Linux lets you beat Microsoft and the XPocalypse in one swell foop – WinXPMigration to the rescue!

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Take the Penguin for a Free Test Drive Without Modifying Your XP Computer

What Are My Other Options? —^


Sidegrade to Apple.  Admit it, you’ve always had a secret urge to see how the other half lives. MS Office is available for Mac. You may even be able to take some of your data with you. Need to maintain compatibility with mainstream office apps? se GoogleDocs or Office.com ( secure link ) through your Internet browser. Go Apple and the XPocalypse won’t even be a speedbump in the highway of life.

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Try One of Those Thin, Lightweight Apple Machines

What Are My Other Options? —^

Upgrade to a smartphone, iPad or tablet. Let me Google that for you! Face it, if you are on the go all the time, you can’t be lugging a laptop around. If you surf the web, use computing applications sparingly or utilize cloud computing and storage – hey, Jack, it’s 2014! Require compatibility with mainstream office apps? Use GoogleDocs or Office.com ( secure link ) through your Internet browser. Especially if you already have a smartphone, iPad or tablet and are proficient with it – take it easy on yourself. Back up your data, wipe the hard drive of your Win XP machine, play taps and drop it at the nearest computer recycler. Dump your PC and laugh at the XPocalypse WinMageddon.
What Are My Other Options? —^

Use XP Mode with Win 7. XP Mode, while strictly not an “upgrade”, allows XP software to run under certain editions of Win 7. If you have software that you absolutely have to keep using and it only runs under XP, consider upgrading to a Win 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate setup and utilizing XP Mode. XP Mode is a Microsoft  download that lets you run virtualized programs from Win 7 – the programs may be run directly from your Windows Taskbar.
What Are My Other Options? —^

Use a Virtual machine running XP. If you have older standalone software that absolutely, positively has to run under XP, utilize a Win 7 or Win 8 machine running a Virtual PC ( VPC ). The virtual PC is a special isolated space within the Win 7 or Win 8 machine in which you may install a second operating system of your choice. Use your Win XP installation disc, install Win XP on the virtual PC, update Win XP to current specs by installing SPx and doing Windows upgrade. Then install the standalone software. Once complete, back up the Virtual PC settings in case it gets damaged or wiped out. For more info, see Win XP Migration Virtual PC.
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The WinXPocalypse, also known as XPocalypseNOW or WinMageddon, may be avoided easily with foresight, planning and a few dollars. If you have questions or want to share your upgrade experiences make sure to Comment About the WinXPocalypse.
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Support for Office 2003 ended on April 08, 2014 also!

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Support for MS Office 2003 Ended April 08, 2014 : Find a Replacement Now

Of course, you may upgrade to a newer version of Office. Or you may decide to give free LibreOffice a try. LibreOffice is able to read & write Office files, so you can keep all the data files you generated in Office. LibreOffice is available for Windows and Linux – just be sure to download the correct version for your hardware and operating system. Don’t really need heavy-duty office apps on your PC, iPad, tablet or smartphone? Keep your Office in the cloud with GoogleDocs or Office.com ( secure link ) through your Internet browser..
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Resources from WinXPMigration.com:

Risks

MS Lifecycle Fact sheet

Support Lifecycle Index

Retired Product Support Options

Macrium Reflect

Linux Distributions ( Distros )

LibreOffice

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