End of Windows XP could compromise computer security

Local residents are being urged to ensure their computer software is up to date, with technical support and security updates for one of Microsoft’s most popular systems to shut down in April affecting almost 30 per cent of computer users worldwide.

On April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP will no longer be available.

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.

Microsoft recommends that all users upgrade their machines to its latest version, Windows 8.1, or purchase a new computer with the new operating system pre-installed.

On its website Microsoft states: “If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.”

Microsoft also points out:  “Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. If your current PC can't run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one.”

For more information on the end of technical support for Microsoft Windows XP, visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows/end-support-help

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