As of April last year Windows Xp and Office 2003 is no longer supported. Microsoft no longer dishes out security updates for Windows XP. Without support from Microsoft Windows XP machines are best left disconnected from the internet. The time has come to move to newer and better operating systems have arrived. Fortunately there are many options even if your hardware may be aging. Let’s take a look at them:
Sticking with Windows
Those who wish to stick to windows are given the choice between Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. Windows Vista is definitely not recommended as it is outdated and is a resource hog.
Windows 7 was the best option for home users and businesses that would like to make the switch with minimal problems. For the most part Windows 7 works the same way as Windows XP. It is also lighter in resource consumption compared to Vista; more secure than Windows XP and looks better too. The start menu has built-in search features to quickly and easily find the programs you need. It is no longer available for purchase off the Microsoft Website however ZDNet has covered alternatives means of obtaining this operating system.
The new features of Windows 8 may take some time to get used to and can be frustrating for first time users. Microsoft has been addressing many of these frustrations with its various updates to make it more pleasant and easy to use. If you switch to Windows 8 it is highly recommended that you take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 as well as download all the latest updates from Microsoft.
Microsoft would prefer you to switch to their latest operating system. We have done a full review of Windows 10 to help you decide on it. For the most part Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. Windows 10 can run also on a range of hardware although it’s best to have at least 2 GB ram and a dual core processor. unfortunately Windows XP users do not benefit from the free upgrade to Windows 10. You can obtain Windows 10 at your local PC store or via the Microsoft Online store.
Exploring alternative operating systems
If you are feeling adventurous or are tired of windows; there are alternative operating systems you can try out.
Ubuntu is one of the most popular alternatives to Windows that can be installed on any computer. It forms part of the GNU/Linux family. Ubuntu is more secure than Windows and is easy to install. It also comes pre-installed with software that serves all your basic needs. If you require anything more there are plenty of programs that can be downloaded that is compatible with Ubuntu. Ubuntu can be started using a Live CD so you’ll be able to try it out without installing it or modifying your system. Best part of all, you can download Ubuntu for free!
Other Linux Distributions
If you are not sold on Ubuntu there are many other Linux distributions that can fulfill your requirements. Lightweight distributions such as Lubuntu are perfect for older hardware with 512Mb of RAM and single core processors.
That’s all for now. Is there any reason why you still stick to Windows XP? Share your opinions in the comments below.