Microsoft has now decided to end its support for Windows XP with effect from April 8 2014. The Windows XP has been in existence for more than 13 years and millions of people around the world are happy with it. But now it is the high time to upgrade from Windows XP as the company will stop releasing updates and support, leaving the operating system more vulnerable to malware, viruses and hackers.
The cost of operating a Windows XP system would significantly increase to USD300 per machine after April 8, as compared to the present USD75-100, according to research firm IDC. It is high time that you should move towards a XP-free future, instead of waiting for attackers to drastically affect your machine.
Before starting the migration process, it is very essential to decide whether you want to shift to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Windows 7 has a benefit that it uses the familiar Windows interface and is well-established in the market. A full installation copy of Windows 7 Home Premium will cost you around USD90, as compared to an upgrade copy of Windows 8, which has a price tag of USD120. However, Windows 7 has been present in the market for more than 4 years now. Its mainstream support is scheduled to end in January 2015, while its extended support is due to continue until 2020.
The user interface of Windows 8.1 has been substantially changed from the “classic” Windows look, so it requires a little tweaking for many applications. The mainstream support for Windows 8 is not scheduled to end until 2018, and its extended support will go until 2023.
The hardware requirements for Windows 7 and Windows 8 are almost similar, and if the hardware specifications of your system are good enough to support Windows 7 or 8, you just need to do a clean installation that completely overwrites the hard drive.