Microsoft have recently announced the final ending of Windows XP. Support for Windows XP, after several date extensions, is officially finally ending on April 8, 2014. This is after 12 and a half years, 3 service packs and hundreds of patches. Retail sales of XP ended in 2007. Now might be the time to move OS if you haven't already.
Microsoft is urging users to migrate to Windows 8 which is perhaps a bigger leap than a change to Windows 7 ( which, according to Redmond, is not getting a second service pack ).
Once there are no more updates, any more security holes found will not be patched XP is going to be that bit more insecure.
Time to upgrade to Windows 8 ( and perhaps new hardware to run it if you have old desktops ) , Mac OsX if you don't mind the extra cash, or perhaps time to try out a free alternative such as a Linux distro. A new Linux Mint has just been released - Linux Mint 16 “Petra” MATE RC.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2 (more info)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit Windows ) - you would want more than this for a good user experience - this is the bare minimum
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
Linux Mint 16 minimum
x86 processor (Linux Mint 64-bit requires a 64-bit processor. Linux Mint 32-bit works on both 32-bit and 64-bit processors).
512 MB RAM (1GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
5 GB of disk space
Graphics card capable of 800×600 resolution
CD/DVD drive or USB port
Contact London Computer Centre Ltd on 0207 7800 128 for Windows upgrades.