If you have not said goodbye to Windows XP, time is running out fast. On April 1, 2014, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows XP. You may ask, “How does that affect your Windows XP computer?”
Well, you know all those pesky updates Windows is always trying to install? Many of them are holes found by hackers that Microsoft is trying to fill in. After April 1, Microsoft will no longer fill in those holes leaving your Windows XP computer open to hackers. Many tech analysts are predicting that some type of malware (viruses and spyware) will affect Windows XP computers within two weeks after the deadline.
So, what do you do? Upgrading is difficult at best. If your computer is more than three or four years old, it may not even be upgradable. If, by some bit of luck it is upgradable, that will probably mean backing up all of your data and formatting your hard drive to do a clean install of Windows 7 or 8.
Your best choice may be to purchase a new computer. Laptop computers have continued to fall in price and there are many, many choices under $500. You can even find some under $300 if you look hard enough. You still have a couple of months to decide whether to try to upgrade or to buy a new computer.