3 07 2014

The title says it all. It could mean a couple things. It could mean an emoticon, if you turn your head to the left, of a cross-eyed person with his/her tongue sticking out. Many of you probably think, that’s not what I’m talking about. Well, you’re right. But that expression does come to mind when thinking about my topic.

Basically, I am writing to let everyone know to stop using Windows XP. It is an old operating system (OS) and everyone should be upgraded from it by now. But for those of you who are not upgraded and still using the thing of the past, here are some steps you can take to get yourself upgraded.

The easy route is just to stop using your old system and going out and getting a new system, whether it be a new laptop or a desktop or what have you. If you just don’t want to let go of your Windows XP? I’m afraid you will be exposed to many dangers of viruses and system errors.

There are no essential updates for Windows XP anymore. Please upgrade! You can no longer use Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a great, free anti-virus software. It has stopped working for those platforms running Windows XP. You must have a higher operating system in order for it to run. And Microsoft Security Essentials is… well… essential! To have your system be safe and virus free! Anyways, you can go around that issue by installing Malwarebytes and also AVG, because that still works on Windows XP and it’s free. But I’m still advising you against keeping Windows XP.

If you absolutely will not let your system go, then what I suggest you do is go to this link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=20 and see if you can upgrade your existing system to Windows 7. Follow the steps to replace any hardware and/or software to get yourself prepared, and then go purchase Windows 7 and make the transition. Please save yourself the headache in the future and let go of Windows XP, because Microsoft has stopped support on it since April 8th of this year.

For those of you who are laughing at this post, you are already upgraded, probably a long time ago. And to those of you to which this is true, I say ‘good job!’ and ‘happy computing!’