Hardware & Software

Here a XP, There a XP, Everywhere a Windows XP

March 4, 2015

Guest Author

Wherever I go lately, there’s the good old Windows XP lingering on desktops.

I asked the librarian’s at the nearby Baltimore library branch, what operating system runs on the computers?

“What operating system runs on the computers? Is it Windows XP?” The mumbled reply confirms my suspicions.

Following two months of extensive repairs, I return to the auto body shop to review the damages, estimates, charges and wait while they finalize the paperwork. Did I spot the desktop navigation bar of XP? Yes, I did indeed.

Why change?

Toddlers go through the why phase. Digital novices employ the same approach when confronted by change.

“What’s wrong with Windows XP? How much will it cost to upgrade?”

Among other reasons and casual excuses, cost involved with updating to a new system deters individuals, businesses and organizations from investing in newer technology right away. They face budget constraints, but like most individuals who live outside the world of computer software and technology, a lack of awareness of alternative options encourages postponement.

Pay and upgrade to newer versions of Windows

You could stick with comfortable and convenient in Windows 8.1 for $119.00.  Choose the simplicity of Windows 7 for a little less. Or wait for Windows 10. Even if you want to upgrade to newer versions of Windows, your computer might not have the power and memory to handle the newer operating systems. The other option entail buying a new PC with Windows installed.

Switch to Linux

Whatever your choice of operating system, you face a learning curve. This applies to those planning on moving from XP to Windows 7, 8.1 or even Windows 10. You could step outside of the protective world of Windows to the a familiar and less expensive option of Linux. In terms of expense, Linux operating systems cost nothing.

Through a little learning, a USB stick, and free downloads, you have the ability to perform a minor switch to a new system. This transition does not include the extra steps such as moving large sets of files, finding compatible open source software to Windows programs, and so on.

For budget conscious business owners, Linux is the right choice unless you believe the cost of training personnel and other factors outweigh the money saved with free software.

The learning curve issue seems to stand out as a major reason why you may dismiss the switch to Linux. Don’t let this allusion prevent you from making the right decision to switch to an operating system with more flexibility, better security, and a world of support with open source collaboration.

Are you running on XP?

P.S. I ditched Windows 7 for Arch Linux last year.

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