I've been telling you for months that, with the end of Windows XP at hand, those who still use it need to bite the bullet and get themselves a new computer.
Today's Wall Street Journal makes the case as well. On April 8, Joanna Stern writes, "Microsoft will cut off all user support and halt security updates, leaving the software vulnerable to newly discovered attacks. XP computers will still work, but ... the operating system will no longer be a safe place to work or play."
Stern makes another point I wholeheartedly endorse. If you really like XP, grab one of the last Windows 7 computers available instead of going to Windows 8, which many users will find hopelessly unfamiliar:
Windows 8.1 may be a radical change of pace for old-school Windows lovers, which is why I think Windows 7 makes a lot more sense for XP exiles.
Despite Microsoft's arguments that 8.1 is faster, safer and more reliable than Windows 7, everything in 7 is mostly in the same place as it was in Windows XP. You'll find the traditional desktop, the trusty Recycle Bin and the Start Menu.
The problem is that, in its Windows 8 push, Microsoft has made Windows 7 harder to come by. But there still are two main ways to get it. The first and best choice is to buy a Windows 7 laptop or desktop from select manufacturer websites, including Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo. They aren't featured prominently, but go digging in the business-products sections of the companies' sites and you'll find them.
You can read the whole story here.