Monday, November 24, 2014

Keep Or Ditch Windows XP? Some Useful Tips

Windows XP is now an unsupported operating system, meaning, if you are a Windows XP user, your PC can catch a virus or security threat at any point of time and Microsoft wouldn’t care at all. If it is the fear of running legacy applications forcing you to stick to using Windows XP, let me tell you that there are plenty of alternative options to run legacy applications in latest Windows operating systems like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. According to an OmniTech Support review, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can run the legacy applications they carried over from XP with the help of the Compatibility or Windows XP mode features.

How to run Windows XP applications in latest Windows versions?

Most of the latest operating systems like Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 allow its users to run legacy applications in compatibility or Windows XP mode. In case a particular application does not open in compatibility mode, you can get a free virtual machine from Oracle or any other developers, install it your PC, and then run the legacy application in virtual mode. VirtualBox is a popular virtual machine tool that enables you to run Windows XP apps on any Windows operating system.

Upgrading to latest Windows versions from Windows XP

You can’t upgrade your OS from Windows XP to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 directly because Microsoft’s upgrade policy restricts upgrades between inconsecutive OS versions, meaning before being able to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you should go through Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Hence, a fresh installation is the simple choice. However, before going for a fresh installation of Windows 8.1 on your PC, make sure that your PC is compatible with Windows 8.1. Go to Microsoft support site to review the system requirements for Windows 8 installation.

Tips for using Windows XP safely

If you can’t upgrade your PC from XP to any of the latest Windows versions because it is an aged PC with low hardware features, it is better that you continue using XP in it. As XP is all-the-more vulnerable now, restrain from using it for online activities.

If you have any further questions regarding Windows 8 upgrade or using Windows XP safely, feel free to get in touch with Omni Tech support desk or read OmniTech support review articles about the concerned topics from the database.

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