- March 21, 2014
-- Windows XP Computers will be vulnerable to hackers after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date, leaving up to 95% of bank ATM machines, government, corporate and personal computers running Windows XP vulnerable to hackers. Approximately 15 percent of enterprise users still have Windows XP running on their networks. The numbers are higher among individual and small business users. About 22 percent of those users worldwide will still be running XP by April 8, 2014. Security experts warn that hackers have been preparing for what Microsoft calls the “end-of-life”
for Windows XP by stockpiling “vulnerabilities”
that amount to skeleton keys that can give intruders remote access.“The probability of attackers using security updates for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista to attack Windows XP is about 100 per cent,” Timothy Rains, Microsoft’s director of trustworthy computing, said recently.
Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. Microsoft offers a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to help users figure out whether their hardware can support Windows 8.
Before moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, the specialists recommend Recover Product Keys (http://www.nsauditor.com/product_key_finder.html)
for software running on Windows XP. Or, you will lose hundreds of dollars in software if you cannot find your product keys after migration.
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