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Getting over Windows XP; Here’s how

Believe it or not, there are still people making use of Windows’ late OS, XP. Coming in over a month after its fatal demise, we thought we might help some of you to #GetOverIt (that is the official hash-tag on getting over Windows XP)

The first thing you need to do before migrating to a modern platform is to determine whether they need to buy new hardware, as your current existing device might be unable to accommodate Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.

Simply use the Windows Upgrade Assistant  or contact a Microsoft Partner to help make the right decision that best suits your company’s particular situation. If you want the flexibility to work in newer, more mobile ways, an upgrade to a new device form-factor is still the best option. (note; it’s not a must)

After sorting out your hardware, the next step is to ensure that all your critical software and applications are supported by the modern operating systems. This is important since some older applications may not work on the newer versions of Windows.

The solution may come in the form of finding an updated version of the application or, in rare cases where an update is not available, locating a replacement app in the Windows Store that will perform the same function. To check whether your apps are compatible, use the Windows Compatibility Center .

Last but certainly not least, always remember to back-up your files before upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You can back-up to an external or portable hard-drive or to cloud-based (online) storage services such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, DropBox, Google Drive etc.

To welcome you to the modern age, grabs some awesome Microsoft deals from your nearest participating store, tailor-made to your student, home or small office needs.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.