Decisions on whether to continue running windows XP or not will entirely depend on what you use your computer for. If it is an old system on which you watch movies and play classic games, upgrading to a more recent version of Windows would not be necessary. However, if you use the computer for Internet browsing, your security could be compromised which means that you have got no option but to upgrade.Enterprises which still run windows XP will be the most affected by this decision. Apart from risking customer data, it is anticipated that they might get into problems with quality assurance and standard bureaus. For instance, after the Withdrawal, Windows XP might no longer comply with the security standards set by online payment processing companies. This implies that certain controls such as those required by PCI DSS programs will fail. It is also important to note that an enterprise which continues to run Windows XP after 8th April 2014 stands the risk of having its quality assurance certificate suspended for failing to enact good measures on protecting its clients’ data. Even though some engineers are coming up with techniques to keep your copy of Windows XP safe after the withdrawal, the best option would be upgrading to 7 or 8 to avoid legal complications and other inconveniences.
Another of the problems which might be experienced by XP users is unavailability of updates for third party software. Although no one has made an announcement yet, software vendors who recently provided updates for their XP software are expected to start making withdrawals too if Microsoft will not be willing to support the platform.Troubleshooting and getting help will also turn into hassle. Withdraw of support implies that both paid and assisted options will abruptly come to an end. As a security conscious PC user, do not wait until you experience a problem to upgrade. Even though you might need to purchase new hardware, switching to Windows 7 or 8 would be a viable decision for hassle free user experience. Note that updates for Office 2003 will also be shut off.