On April 8th, life as a truly active XP user for me will be over, as Microsoft officially ends its support for one of the most popular systems that they've ever had. Eventually they will be doing the same for Windows 7 (saw a soft date of 2020 while doing research for this post), but that is way in the future.
For me, I've been fortunate enough to start prepping for the end around this time last year. I bought my current computer via Staples onlilne because I did not want anything to do with Windows 8 (and still don't, but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes), and have been slowly migrating my writing/blogging related stuff to it from my old XP.
Over this weekend, I bought two new components for my computers, Word 2013 for my Windows 7 and a new flash drive for my old. The reason why I bought a new flash drive for the old is that with the elimination of support for XP I needed a new way to transfer certain updated files from my old computer to my new computer. A new flash drive will be the cheapest and easiest way to do what I need to do.
My next goal is to buy a ridiculously cheap printer for my new computer as the one I have for my XP is non-compatible with Windows 7. This I found out when I finally found the software for it a week ago (along with the software to reload a video drive long thought lost when I had my old computer fixed some 5 years ago). I need a printer because I do get stat reports for my blog, as well as coupons for a store I shop at, and I would hate to forward those e-mails to work in order to print them out.
I do plan on continuing to use my XP for writing as it's still good for that. However I did make sure to follow one tech writer's advice about continuing to use XP after April 8th: I have a sticky note pasted on my copy holder reminding me to disable my Internet connection on March 31st. Since I actually have a small modem/tower (about five inches in height) for the wireless there, it will be the simple issue of unplugging the tower, disabling the connection and uninstall the software. So long as I'm not connected to the World Wide Web, I should be good to go. And I should probably uninstall McAfee on my XP as well. After all, no WWW means no anti-virus, yes?
So my friends, are you ready/prepared to face the inevitable?
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