Microsoft announced that April 8th, 2014, is the last day of Windows XP support. This leaves many people wondering what their options are. Do they need to buy a new computer, or just the Operating System. Then, if you upgrade, how will the computer performance affect your usage of the computer. You are still left with a few options. There is Windows 7, Windows 8, and an alternative Linux. Or you could purchase a MAC.
Upgrading to windows 7 or 8 can lead to issues with hardware compatibility, specially with video and sound hardware, such as capture cards or older trackballs, mouse and keyboards.
Another option would be to upgrade to a newer Operating System such as Windows 7 or Windows 8 and spend the money on purchasing new equipment compatible with the new Operating Systems.
Upgrading to the newer Microsoft operating systems comes with quite a few changes, windows 7 not so much, but windows 8 will require at least an hour or so until you get the complete grasp of how the Metro User Interface works. Unless you have a touch screen, most people will require some adjustment time in order to feel comfortable using it.
An option for this situation would be to run a current version of Linux, then use a virtual machine, to run windows XP and keep your hardware without purchasing newer compatible hardware. Virtual Machine is free on Linux and you can run Windows XP inside the virtual machine as long as you still have your CD key.
I tend to lean on the Linux side of things. I run virtual boxes with the version of windows I need to assist or help customers, and always have the same Operating System Available at the click of a button. I run all the windows apps they do, so I don’t have to worry about how they configured their system. Virtual Boxes allow you to run an Operating System inside of another operating system. Other benefits to this include, testing your software on other operating systems, Windows actually runs faster in a Virtual Box. Your computer resources are better used by Linux, which can make even a 10 year old computer feel like a brand new one.
The other benefits of an open source operating system, is open source software, most open source software is now compatible with all Microsoft products, some are even better and updated more often then their windows counterparts. Whether it’s sound and graphics, office work and documents, or any other program you need, it can usually be found for free.
If you are in this type of situation, please contact us, and we can help you decide which option suits your needs best.