Windows XP is dead. After April 8, 2014, Windows XP no longer receives security updates from Microsoft. That means users are highly susceptible to zero day attacks, browser hijackings, and countless other security issues.
There’s no good way to fix this problem: you just have to buy a new Windows XP PC.
Today, I’m going to tell you how to choose the best PC to replace your old Windows XP machine. If you’re still using Windows XP in 2014, then you probably got pretty attached to your computer, so I’m going to try to be as respectful as possible here.
Don’t want to pay for a new computer? You might not have to
Just because Windows XP is dead doesn’t mean that your Windows XP PC is dead. Download the Windows 8 upgrade assistant from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8
That upgrade assistant will tell you whether or not your machine can run the newest version of Windows: Windows 8. Despite all the negative coverage it has received, Windows 8 isn’t a terrible operating system and it’s constantly being upgraded for better usability, so don’t get scared about the update.
If your computer can run Windows 8 and you don’t feel like spending a few hundred dollars on a new system, then you should consider buying Windows 8.
Buy a new PC using Microsoft incentive programs
Microsoft doesn’t want its users to continue using Windows XP. In fact, Microsoft is desperately trying to move users away from Windows XP.
To do that, the company has a number of upgrade deals in place. You can save $100 on a brand new PC from the Microsoft website, for example, and enjoy free transfer services thanks to a Microsoft partnership with PC Move Express for Windows XP.
If you’re switching away from Windows XP, then you’d be smart to take advantage of these deals. You can view upgrade offers here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/tablets-computers?ocid=GA8-1_O_WOL_Hero_Home_NewPCs_Pos2_01
Consider Apple or Chromebooks
If you don’t like Microsoft anymore, then that’s okay. There are two other good options available, including Apple computers and Chromebooks.
Chromebooks require a constant internet connection in order to be useful, while Apple computers are notoriously expensive (think $1200+).
You should try both of these computers before you buy. Head to your nearest Best Buy and take a Chromebook or iMac for a spin. If you like it better than Windows 8 PCs, then make the switch. Windows 8’s controversial design has pushed many users towards rival operating systems.
If internet connectivity isn’t an issue, then Chromebooks offer excellent value. They can be found for anywhere between $250 and $500. You can’t install traditional PC software, but you can use Chrome web apps. If you just use your PC for browsing and basic office tasks, then you won’t have any trouble replacing your software with web apps.
Consider tablet computers
Desktop computers are becoming less and less popular for the average computer user. Instead, users are choosing to walk around their homes wielding tablets.
There are Windows 8 tablets, iPads, Android tablets, and more. Unless you’re using intense software or playing games, you’re not going to notice much of a performance difference when switching to a tablet computer. Of course, the main reason why a lot of people buy tablet computers is to sit in front of the TV and use their computer at the same time, so if you like doing that, then tablets might be the ideal way to replace your Windows XP computer.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Pick an OS that you like and don’t get too stressed out about making the wrong choice. The playing field is pretty even these days between Google, Microsoft, Apple, and other manufacturers.