Should I upgrade from XP to windows 7 or 8?

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by EdwinE, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. EdwinE


    Now that microsoft no longer offers updates for XP, will it still be safe to use XP or should I upgrade to windows 7 or 8?
  2. Abdul@Parallels

    Abdul@Parallels Parallels Support

    Hi EdwinE,

    You can upgrade your Windows to 7 or 8 as Microsoft Support for Windows XP will end on April 8th and you wont be receiving any Updates for Windows XP.

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 which is the latest version of Microsoft Windows.

    Windows 7 look can be enabled in order to Windows 8.1 to appear like Windows 7 for convenience by following the steps as suggested at

    Please follow the steps as suggested at to Upgrade.

  3. EdwinE


    If I chose not to upgrade to windows 8.1, and continue XP only to access pc software, such as quickbooks, is my computer at risk for hackers and viruses without microsoft updates and security?
  4. rk1900


    I am on XP in Parallels and especially for using Quickbooks 2006, which i love and don't want to 'be forced' by Microsoft and especially Intuit to upgrade to Win 8 and a more recent version of QB.
    So, I installed Windows7 in Parallels, which is still supported by Microsoft, and my QBooks works great on it. I am however, still on OS X Snow Leopard and from what i have read, have no plans to upgrade to Mavericks. I did, however, upgrade to Parallels 9, which runs slower so far, but i tweaked Parallels from what i have read here, especially in the 'Configure' menu under 'Virtual Machines" and that has helped. Before, Windows 7 was running sluggish, but is much quicker now. Hope this helps
  5. Looran@Parallels

    Looran@Parallels Parallels Support

    Hi EdwinE,

    Please follow the article below to know what happens once support expires for Windows XP:

  6. EdwinE


    Thanks for the link. If I'm not accessing internet using windows explorer, only for software apps like quickbooks and quicken),am I still vulnerable to security risks using XP?
  7. PeterG30

    PeterG30 Bit Poster

    1. Run Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows XP PC.
    2. Rename your Windows XP drive.
    3. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart your PC.
    4. Click Next.
    5. Click the Install Now button.
    6. Read the License Agreement, select the I Accept the License Terms check box, and click Next.
    7. Choose Custom (Advanced)
    8. Click your Windows XP drive, click Drive Options (Advanced), click Format, and click OK to approve the format process. Then click Next.
    9. After the formatting is complete, click Next.
    10. Type your product key and click Next.
    11. Enter your user name and a name for your PC and click Next.
    12. Type and retype a password, then type a password hint, and then click Next.
    13. Choose Use Recommended Settings.
    14. Confirm the time and date settings and then click Next.

    Hope You Find This Useful,

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