Apathy. The destroyer of many a dreams. Users across the globe are scampering to make sure that they end up on the safe side of the spectrum once support for Windows XP finally ends.

The technology world has never seen an event like this, and it probably never will. Hundreds of millions of computers are still running an aging (and soon to be unsupported) operating system.

Already one of the weaker operating systems when it comes to security, hackers and cybercriminals will soon bombard Windows XP with any and all exploits that they can get their hands on. These next few weeks, this final stretch before the retirement is just the proverbial calm before the storm.

This time we have another expert, the CEO of Progressive, a firm that provides migration services say that Windows XP will soon become very vulnerable to attacks.

And Robert Cioffi believes that the worse thing Windows XP users can do is wait for this to happen, without taking any preventive measures:

“The worst thing you can do is nothing. If a system or network is compromised due to a security exploit, there is a price to consider in terms of remediation and potential damage to reputation.”

He also talks about how Windows XP users should evaluate their options in the next few days, and make a final decision to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, depending on requirements:

“When it comes to maintaining productivity and keeping technology costs down, a proactive approach is always your best bet.”

The mass migration that Microsoft hoped for is yet to transpire — business users, in particular, that are still rocking Windows XP machines are either unsure how to proceed, or are alarmed by the upgrade costs associated with moving to a newer platform.

But all that could pale in comparison to a security breach, a disastrous information leak.

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  • Ted Smith

    It’s becoming more and more obvious that those who don’t upgrade will suffer the consequences. Odds are, hanging onto XP after security isn’t offered will destroy the OS. I think it’s time for everyone to upgrade.

  • Wayne S

    I wonder if Microsoft is paying people to release this stuff. Part of me thinks yes, but the other part of me thinks that it’s just the reality of the situation. Either way, so long XP.

    • Ray C

      Pay people to tell the truth? Heck, if they did that, there wouldn’t be all the misinformation there is out there floating around now

  • Sphar

    Cry me a river, Windows XP SP3 with updates works fine on my 2010-era HP Mini 211 with 1GB of RAM less all the OS bloat courtesy of the “latest” Microsoft over-engineered, designed by committee OS. Microsoft has become the IBM of the late 1980’s and we all know what happened to OS/2.

    • Ray C

      I don’t get your point. You can optimize any version of WIndows just as you can remove and disable things you don’t need on XP. Windows 7 and Windows 8 work just fine for me. As a matter of fact, I’ve never had a system than ran Windows XP better than it ran 7 and that was before I added more ram. There is no bloat in Windows 8 that has any affect on performance. As a matter of fact, it will be even more streamlined after Update 1 and whatever updates come to it

  • Jason Claven

    I know yesterday reports surfaced that XP users are 6 more times likely to be attacked. I have to imagine that’ll only increase as time goes on. I’m sure it’ll be 10x more likely soon enough.

  • Jake

    I loved XP. I cannot stress how much I think this OS has done and innovated things. For my money, the best OS overall. However, it’s clearly time to move on. This article proves it.