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Windows XP Users – It’s Time to Back up Your Files
Windows XP is the operating system that refuses to die. Since Microsoft launched it in 2001, the OS has been succeeded by Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8, yet its popularity has not diminished. In 2014, almost 13 years after its initial release, XP has an operating market share of over 29 per cent – second only to Windows 7.
Whether it’s due to its brilliant user-friendliness or the inefficiencies of its successors (Windows 7 aside), XP remains the operating system of choice for millions of people worldwide, both personally and within enterprises. However, as much as its users would hate to have to leave their old favourite behind, the end for Windows XP is nigh.
Come April 8, 2014, Microsoft is ending support and updates for Windows XP.
“Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come 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,” the company says on its website.
“As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.”
While computers running XP will continue to work after this date, without updates and support the OS will become more vulnerable to viruses and other security risks. In addition, the number of software manufacturers optimising for the system will decrease and apps will become increasingly unavailable.
If you are currently running Windows XP, it is important that you stay protected after support ends. Microsoft suggests two ways of doing this: upgrade your current PC or get a new PC. Perhaps not the options that XP users would like to hear, but the only realistic choices nonetheless.
Whether you choose to upgrade or buy a new PC, it is important that you act before April 8 and put a backup plan in place for your data. The recommended way of backing up important files and folders is to use cloud online backup. This method stores your data securely in a cloud so that it can be accessed from any new operating system that you choose – even if it is Mac OS X or Linux.
For the 29 per cent of those still relying on XP every day, saying goodbye to your faithful operating system will be hard; but, with cloud online backup, you can take peace of mind from the fact that everything you ever worked on in XP is allowed to live on.