In one of the most shocking and surprising news of 2014, Microsoft has recently announced that it will end support for Windows XP. Windows XP is being used by millions of customers worldwide for the last 13 years. The biggest issue now arises is whether you should migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8 as both the operating systems are somewhat different in their nature and features. The company will start disassociating itself from Windows XP with effect from April 8 2014, although its users are happy with its services and features.
Microsoft will no longer release updates and support, leaving the operating system more vulnerable to malware, viruses and hackers. Therefore, users must upgrade from the Windows XP before attackers drastically affect your machine.
The company’s decision has resulted in significantly increasing the operating cost of a Windows XP system to USD300 per machine after April 8, as compared to the present USD75-100, according to research firm IDC.
When it comes to popularity among the users, Windows 7 has the upper hand as it works on the familiar Windows interface. On the other hand, 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.
Windows 7 has a very good market presence and the full installation copy of its Home Premium edition can be obtained at a price of around USD90, as compared to an upgrade copy of Windows 8 that costs USD120.
Windows 7 has been operating since more than 4 years, and its mainstream support is scheduled to end in January 2015, while its extended support is due to continue until 2020. On the other hand, the mainstream support for Windows 8 is not scheduled to end until 2018, and its extended support will go until 2023.
There are almost similar hardware requirements for Windows 7 and Windows 8. If your system’s hardware specifications support Windows 7 or 8, then you just need to do a clean installation that completely overwrites the hard drive.