PC Performance Pros highlights the need for Windows 7 and Windows 8 as Windows XP dies. For the past 12 years, Windows XP has been sold on new computers. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would no longer be supporting Windows XP. What this means to the 30+ percent of computers that still run XP is an increased risk to an almost unstoppable line of new security threats.

What Happens Now?

Now that Microsoft is not going to be issuing security patch applications to keep XP protected, the hackers around the world will begin to take it down like a pack of hyenas on dying wildebeest. Microsoft will help them do so. The new security patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8 provide a remarkable map to Windows XP security. By using those new patches, hackers can backtrack into XP and gain control.

Keep in mind that 30% of computers out there are still using XP as their operating system, mostly because people do not understand exactly how much risk is involved, now that Microsoft has pulled the plug on security. There is no doubt that the XP computers will still work and operate. If your computer is never connected to the Internet, then you have nothing to fear. However, for most of us, the Internet is a necessity. That means most of us with XP operating systems will begin to see more malware, spyware, virus, and other malicious attacks on our computers.

Because hackers can now use the new operating system patches as a means of gaining access to XP, antivirus and anti-malware programs will not be effective against security attacks. Do not be fooled into thinking that an antiviral program will help protect your computer. Antiviral programs are only as strong as the virus and malware definitions that they have in their database. This is going to allow hackers to create new viruses and target specific vectors that will bypass most security features. In short, any computer with XP as its operating system will become a sitting duck.


Most of us who understand what is really at stake have upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Both of those operating systems are supported by Microsoft. Being such, they offer the best security against hackers. These systems work in conjunction with antiviral and anti-malware programs to provide adequate protection.

That is the key difference between XP and Windows 7 or Windows 8. The security patches issued by Microsoft are designed to fix weak points in the operating systems so that hackers cannot gain access. Without these patches, hackers can exploit the weaker links until they gain access and have your data.

Another solution is to buy a new computer. Though, honestly, that is not the best solution for most of us. A simple upgrade will solve the problem and that should not cost anywhere near as much as a new computer. The trick is to make sure that the new operating system is installed correctly.

If you have questions about this process, let a professional at PC Performance Pros install the upgrade for you. The process is fast and the work is guaranteed. Many times, this is a process that takes only a single day. PC Performance Pros understands how important your computer is to you, and we work efficiently to provide quality service.