Windows XP will lose support from Microsoft on the 8th of April. The company responsible for developing the operating system recommends that all users upgrade to newer versions of Windows, if the hardware does not allow then to be taken into consideration purchasing a new PC.
But then, why is it necessary to follow the recommendations to upgrade the system or purchasing a new PC?
When you need to engage the support of Microsoft or any of its partners for troubleshooting software or hardware is required, the operating system still count on this type of service. The fix bugs and vulnerabilities in the system and update drivers are also needed for the proper functioning of your PC, and depend directly on the Windows developer company.
An example of a problem that may arise after the end of support is the distorted view of web pages by default browser of Windows XP, because it no longer supports advanced features employed in the development of sites that offer greater interactivity and better user experience. The workaround is to use other browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, but there is no guarantee that these browsers remain receiving regular updates for their developers.
Another aspect that should be taken into consideration is the restriction to the addition of new peripherals (printer, scanner, mouse and wireless keyboard), it runs the risk of not finding appropriate drivers for your installation, preventing the operation.
When you install a newer version of Windows?
The latest versions of the operating system is Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.However, before you install one of these versions, you need to check what are the minimum hardware requirements. It is noteworthy that even when the minimum hardware requirements are met, this does not mean that the PC performance is satisfactory.
For example: the requirement of RAM minimum required for the installation of Windows 7 is 1GB (gigabyte) on a PC with a processor of 1 gigahertz (GHz processing speed) with only one core. Although you can install Windows 7 on a machine with this configuration, when running a web browser, a music player and keep the software running, it will be virtually impossible to get some productivity – even if the PC is only being used to access social networks .
The minimum hardware requirements to install the latest versions of Windows are as follows:
– Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
– 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
– 16 GB of disk space Available (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
– DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
– Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX and SSE2 – RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) – Disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) – Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
– Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX and SSE2
– RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
– Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
– Graphics: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
When you need to buy another computer?
If the minimum requirements are not met for the installation of the operating system, or if it is possible to install it the PC gets too slow.
And if you choose to leave your PC as it is?
This increases the likelihood of infection by malware, the system becomes more vulnerable, less programs can be installed or updated sites will no longer display the content properly and in extreme cases, even specific features will work.
There are alternatives for those who can not install newer versions and do not want to buy another PC?
Depending on the hardware, you can install any Linux distribution operating system, in addition to not having the cost of acquisition of license exemption antivirus installation and has regular updates. However, for the best performance on the Linux, it is recommended to opt for those that offer a more lightweight desktop environment like XFCE or LXDE.