Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Xmas is coming and Xp is going!

Xmas is Coming and Xp is going?

Windows XP

Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP after April 8th 2014. You can continue to use Windows XP, but your computer might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. You may be able to upgrade your old PC to Windows 7 or 8 but it is quite a lot of work. To be fair Windows XP is now 12 years old, which is a long time for Microsoft to have supported a system.

A New PC

1. Assess your needs: Most people’s needs are simple i.e. email, internet, word processing and any new pc that you buy would be able to satisfy them. You need some advice if you want to store and edit lots of photos and videos or play games with 3D graphics.

2. The future of computing: Tablets and smartphones are now all touchscreen and the future for Windows based systems is touchscreen. This interface to Windows is completely different to the old Windows XP interface. You will have to learn something new but it won't be more demanding than learning how to use a tablet. And underneath, there will still be some familiar bits - like the word processing.

3. New Hardware: The traditional desktop with separate box and screen is obsolete and has been replaced by the all-in-one and other form factors. There is so much more choice now, in laptops, tablets which convert to laptops and all-in-ones of various screen sizes that I would suggest you go to a large retailer e.g. PC World (at Reading Gate Retail Park) or John Lewis and see which one you like. We have an all-in-one at the BMSTC café area running Windows 8, so you can try before you buy.

4. A Step too far?: If you find that you really can't cope with the new touchscreen interface, you can always install a little program that makes your Windows 8 PC looks like a Windows 7 PC (and not too different to the old XP interface) but still retains the benefits of Windows 8.

5. More help: I have bought 5 new Windows 8 based pcs in the last year (not all for me of course!). Feel free to call me if you wish to discuss any of the above. Dave Robson -  0118 9016000 or email dave@bmstc.org