Matt Egan is Editorial Director of IDG UK, publisher of Computerworld UK, having worked for the UK's leading technology media company since 2003.A passionate technology fan who writes on subjects as diverse as smartphones, internet security, social media and Windows, in his spare time Matt enjoys playing football (badly) and singing in a band (also badly).Windows XP won’t be officially supported for much longer.
It will just become more insecure over time as Microsoft and everyone else stops supporting it. It has been officially supported for more than a decade.
If you’re still using Windows XP, you should be making plans to upgrade to something that will be supported.
It’s even possible to install older versions of Microsoft Office on Linux.
If you have an older computer, you may want to try the more lightweight Xubuntu or the extremely lightweight Lubuntu instead of the heavier standard Ubuntu system.
Here are your options: Windows 7: If you’re still using Windows XP, there’s a good chance you won’t want to go through the shock of upgrading to Windows 8.
Windows 7 isn’t the latest, but it’s the most widely used version of Windows and will be supported until January 14, 2020.
You may still have important Windows XP applications.
If your entire business is going to grind to a halt because you can’t run an old application on Windows XP, you can still upgrade your computer to a more modern operating system.
The latest update is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which is now available on general release (17 October) and comes packed full of features including improvements to its mobile experience and creative capabilities.
Windows XP isn't eligible for a free update to Windows 10.
i Pads, Macs, Chromebooks, and More: Okay, so the above options aren’t the only ones.