6 Responses to “Guest Post: Sundown, You’d Better Take Care: Windows XP Extended Support to End Next Year”

  1. William P McDonough July 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I found Attorney Jeffrey Clark’s review of the software available to PC users to be a valuable, easy to follow, guide to computer software. Of particular interest is the availability of the Non-Microsoft software such as Mozilla Firefox as a browser rather than Internet Explorer which can be a problem depending on which version is in use. Mozilla Firefox works well with Microsoft 7.

    Attorney Clark mentions other options such as the Linux software which operates free of charge, and generates reports on demand. I look forward to Attorney Clark’s next analysis as not only an example of cost-saving measures, but also as a way of using computer software as a more efficient tool of communication.

  2. William P McDonough July 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    Attorney Jeff Clark’s review of available office software is an easy to follow guide on the best software options open to office management. Of particular interest is the availability of non-Microsoft software that is compatible with Microsoft 7 such as Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Firefox avoids the problems that Internet Explorer creates due to that software’s different versions.

    Attorney Clark also mentions the Linux software which operates free of charge and creates reports on demand. I look forward to Attorney Clark’s next review as a continuation of the best practices for office management and communication.

  3. James Law July 21, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Great article. I recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. Although I didn’t have any significant issues, I wish that I could have read this before the upgrade. I think that I will stay away from Windows 8 for the time being as “7″ is running flawlessly.

  4. Chris July 22, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    Great Post Jeff!

    Thanks for the insightful and comprehensive information. What are your thoughts on the level of technical knowledge required with using open source? Since open source software is generally not backed by a commercial product company, it may require significant troubleshooting when problems using the software arise.

    • Jeff Clark July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Chris:

      Most PCs that are purchased at the retail level that come with Microsoft Windows installed require you to contact your OEM hardware manufacture for support. In Windows XP click on my computer and see what it says about customer support, in Windows 7 go into the control panel and click on the system and security category and then system and see what it says. I would be surprised if it said contact Microsoft for support instead of the manufacturer of your computer. If you purchase a copy of Microsoft Windows on your own and install it, then support is provided by Microsoft.

      Many open source Linux distributions have fantastic free community support. If you prefer traditional paid technical support, Ubuntu offers paid support in addition to having one of the largest free community based support systems around.

  5. Barbara July 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Great article. Very informative especially for smaller firms not looking to make a huge investment in IT but rather a smart investment. Windows 8 takes a little getting used to, but I was able to make the transition from XP without much issue. Jeff, I think I have also seen your other articles reminding folks of the importance of backing up their data and computer security.

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