Your 2014 Tax Refund is Already Spent!

I already spent your tax refund next year!  It’s not going to be a vacation, definitely not a new car and sadly enough, it’s not even going to be a new gun. Unless you live in a cave and wash your laundry in a bucket, I know exactly what you are going to buy.  Well…that may not be entirely true, but if you are still limping around the internet on a computer running Microsoft Windows® XP, then you definitely need to read on.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and that end is coming quickly for the beloved Windows® XP. Feel free to go out the the Microsoft site to get the full story, but I’ve pasted the pertinent details below.

Desktop operating systems Latest service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support
Windows XP Service Pack 3 April 14, 2009 April 8, 2014
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 10, 2012 April 11, 2017
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 January 12, 2015 January 14, 2020

Does this mean you are going to be strong armed into using Windows® 8, where logic goes out the window (no pun intended) and you get to replace mice and keyboards with random taping and swiping on the screen in hopes of some sort of usable functionality?

WindowWindows 8 Usability Test

Windows 8 Usability Test

You may think I’m joking….check out this list of people trying to use Windows® 8.(http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-youtube-videos-of-people-testing-windows-8/)

While it is inevitable that we will all have to drink Microsoft’s cool-aid one of these days…you can still find good computers with Windows® 7, that will be supported for 6 more years, at which point we will probably all have a chip in our heads anyway.

The point here is to encourage you to make some decisions now, while you still have time and options on your side…Windows® XP is dying fast and you need to make something happen sooner rather than later. Try to act now, while Windows® 7 is available, and avoid several years of anger at Microsoft for their kind hearted “advancements” to what was a nearly perfect system.

Check out our Microsoft End of Life Remedies page for more info on how we can help you through this overly complicated and easily avoidable scenario.