The Demise of XP & the Do’s and Don’ts of Backup

The support has now officially ended for the popular operating system Window XP. Businesses who are still running on Windows XP will need to consider moving to a supported operating system such as Windows 7 or 8 because, without new updates and support it will make systems more vulnerable to malicious attacks.

Whether you choose Windows 7 or 8 you have to think about data backup and about how to migrate your data across to the new operating system.

Click on the image below to see Richard Carty from Netshield discussing the do’s and don’ts of backing-up your valuable data on BizToBizTV.

Data Backup, Windows XP, Netshield, Richard Carty

RIP Windows XP, but what next. Richard Carty of Netshield explains some of the do’s and don’ts of backing up your precious data.

Ready to say goodbye to Windows XP? Only 60 days…

In the past few weeks it has been eventful at the Microsoft camp with a new CEO, rumours of Windows 9, Window 8 updates and of course the End of Support for Windows XP…

Although the End of Support is still happening (only 60 days away) on the 8th April, Microsoft recently announced they will continue to supply anti-malware signatures until April 15th 2015 but, this does not include security updates. Since the release there has been some confusion as to what is happening – Windows XP end of support is still happening but, to clarify this anti-malware extension means –

“For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.” stated in recent Microsoft blog.

Therefore, the extension does not really do much for Windows XP users, it will still leave big security gaps in the system because users will not have any new patches or updates from April 2014.

If your still on XP it is time to move on, to help ensure that your business is not exposed to unnecessary security and compliance risks just because the operating system in use is no longer supported.

For more information on what ‘End of Support’ means check out our earlier posts. For help moving from the 13 year old operating system or advice on which operating system to upgrade to please contact us today.

Windows XP – not long to go until…

From April 8th 2014 the support for Microsoft Windows XP will be ending. So it is nearly time to say goodbye to the popular decade-old operating system.

The end of support means, users will no longer receive anymore security updates. This will lead to security and privacy implications that can significantly impact businesses – without the updates systems may be vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

If using an unsupported operating system, other software and hardware products on the system may also not be support by the vendors either. It will also make it difficult to purchase new software and hardware for the retired Window XP operating system.

Due to the lack of updates, supporting software and hardware, it could lead to users experiencing an increase of downtime and business disruption. To discuss the implications of the end of support for Windows XP in more detail or help with upgrading please contact us today.

Microsoft’s – Upcoming End of Support Products

What does End of Support mean?

There will be no more

  • Security hotfix support
  • Security update support
  • New updates and Service Packs
  • Automatic Bug fixes
  • Online Technical Assistance

Window XP – April 2014

April 2014 will see Microsoft ending support for the beloved Window XP. After, over 10 years of service Window XP will be retiring making way for Window 7 and 8.

It is important for businesses to upgrade from Window XP because without the security updates and automatic bug fixes the systems will be more vulnerable from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. You will also find newer software will be less likely to work properly on the old operating system or even cater for the beloved Window XP.

Exchange Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Editions – April 2014

April 2014 will also see the end of support for Exchange Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Editions and the alternatives are Exchange Server 2010 or 2013. Businesses need to decide which will offer the most benefits and will be in line with the business IT strategy for the next 5 – 10 years.

Other considerations include assessment of current hardware and software in the current IT infrastructure, to assess whether there will be enough capacity and suitable hardware to deploy Exchange Server 2010 or 2013.

Although the Exchange Server 2003 may be working now but without the updates and security patches it will leave your business vulnerable to new malicious threats.

Conclusion

It is essential for businesses to be using ‘supported’ Microsoft products because the termination of support can lead to compliance issues, higher operational costs and decrease in workforce productivity because as the operating system ages, it increases the chance of downtime.

If you need advice or more information please contact us.