TEK Express offer advice and support to businesses still using or looking to upgrade from Windows XP.

Since Microsoft officially closed support for Windows XP in April of this year, we have been offering advice and support to clients who have yet to upgrade their devices from the popular 13 year old operating system. We're sometimes asked why it might be necessary to upgrade and what the benefits for doing so are. So, we've created a short guide on the reasons for upgrading and the key things to consider through the upgrade process.

Benefits of upgrading from Windows XP

If your systems are still running Windows XP, here's a few reasons to consider upgrading:

  • Avoid significant security hazards – Windows XP is an old system and is based on code for Windows NT 4.0 dating back to 1996. With such an old system no longer supported it will be more prone to attacks.
  • Easier file searches on later versions of Windows – Windows XP can be very slow when searching for files, whereas Windows 7 and other operating systems have been engineered to index and search files much more efficiently.
  • Enjoy more internet browsing options – you will need to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 or higher in order to run the latest IE browsers and access websites using HTML5
  • Access and utilise more applications – with Windows XP now outdated and outmoded, many newer apps and software will not be compatible with it.

Issues to consider when upgrading Prior to making the move, you'll need to consider:

  • Network security issues – assess your IT infrastructure and identify all devices on your network running Windows XP. Put in place temporary security measures to protect your data prior to your upgrade, such as regulating software and app use.
  • Identify and test upgrade options – determine which operating system you wish to upgrade to, based on the specific needs of your business.
  • Assess hardware inventory – Test your upgrade on a sample set of machines before rolling out the changes across your business.
  • Ensure you have full system backups – Use disk imaging software to create a full back-up of Windows XP, which enables you to troubleshoot issues in the event of data loss.
  • Create migration plan – ensure all of your employees are aware of the migration date and protocol for using systems on this date. This will further minimise the risk of data loss.
  • Support your end users – with training and guidance on the new operating system.
  • Use a mass deployment tool to action your upgrade – This will save many tens or hundreds or hours on upgrading machines individually.

Require support with your Windows XP upgrade?We're a specialist IT support company, offering Windows XP business support for organisations across the UK. We specialise in providing support for businesses employing remote and mobile workers, so if your mobile staff use Windows XP we can advise you on the easiest and most cost effective route for upgrading their devices too. Find out moreTo find out how we can help you to upgrade your systems, contact our team on 01293 710020 or click here to send us an enquiry.