Alan wants to know when Windows Vista will stop being supported. Leo says that Windows XP recently ended it's support life, and Windows Vista support ends in 2017. Windows 7 support will end in 2020. Windows 8 support ends in 2025. It's usually every ten years. So by then, he's going to want to update.
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Richard wants to get a new computer to replace his XP machine, but he's concerned that Microsoft may do the same thing to Windows 7. Leo says that Microsoft has scheduled updates past 2020, so he'll get plenty of mileage out of that Windows 7 machine. It'll likely go even longer than that.
Monny has a bunch of XP machines that he has to upgrade. Leo says that he doesn't necessarily have to. It is possible to operate XP safely online. Here's what you can do -
RJ heard that ATMs run on XP, and he's concerned with Microsoft's end of life support of it in April. Leo says that there isn't any worry. XP can still be used safely if you're careful, and ATMs are using a protected network. They aren't visiting websites. So therefore, it's pretty much firewalled and protected. Individual users can do the same thing, too:
Suzanne's mother has a Windows XP machine and she's wondering what she should do after April 8. Leo says that Microsoft ending life of support for XP really isn't as terrible as it was first believed. If she practices safe computing, her mother should be ok. Here are a few things she can do to protect herself on Windows XP:
Thomas's mom has an old PC that runs XP and he's trying to convince her to upgrade. Leo says it's a tall order to get people to change as there's over 30% of computers still running XP! Leo says that starting April 8th, Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft, and as such, there may be a 66% greater risk of the computer getting infected online. So it's even more important to get that computer off the Internet after April 8. Even better, get her to upgrade her computer and run Windows 8.1.
Midnight Rider works for a city that runs on Windows XP. They are going to be running antivirus on their computers after Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and he's wondering if that's going to be adequate. Leo says the antivirus, including Microsoft's own antivirus program will still be kept up to date. However, it won't protect against a user installing software that could be malicious.
Ron has a PC that runs XP and wants to use Linux when he wants to go online. Should he worry about any XP programs sneaking online if he dual boots? Leo says no, there won't be any crossovers. There are some programs that Linux can run that run on Windows, but none that go online. Just don't forget to only go online with Linux and not Windows XP!
John has a PC that runs Windows XP and he can't view videos that are sent to him through email. Leo says that it's likely a codec issue. He recommends downloading VLC Media Player. It can play pretty much anything. But the real problem is that after April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting and updating Windows XP with security patches. So John's computer will be vulnerable to attacks. Leo says that's a cause for worry and John should take it off the Internet before April 8.
Dan uses Windows XP and is worried about security once Microsoft ends support for it on April 8th. Leo says that there will only be two more security patch Tuesdays between now and April 8th and once that's done, XP will no longer be supported. Leo says that once that happens, all XP users should pull their XP computers off the Internet completely. There are bad guys who collect flaws and exploits and take advantage of holes in the system. One such nasty thing is Cryptolocker.