Threats Don't Usually Phase Me-But I Have to Protect Myself

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® TX License #0566780

Threats Don't Usually Phase Me-But I Have to Protect Myself

You may have heard that Microsoft is ending support for WindowsXP on April 8. Most software programs that operate on WindowsXP are also ending support on their program support at the same time.


Microsoft Windows XP
My broker provides computer technician support and they are cutting ties with supporting machines with WindowsXP on the same date.

We've been warned for several weeks now, and up to now I've delayed taking action. The pain of changing operating systems-remember Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windown 98, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8- remains with me.

I rarely participated in the change overs. I just kept what worked and was two or three versions behind the latest and greatest OS. I hate changing operating systems. No smooth transitions, something always gets lost in the backup, or fails to load. Then there is the lost time trying to recover files on my own, or on with tech support if anyone happens to answer the call.

I have no choice this time. Can't decide if it's best to get software for a new OS, get a new Windows machine, or get a MAC. I know deep down what I want to do, but the family CFO is tough. It's like getting approval from the board, or being grilled in the Shark Tank.

Am I the last person still using Windows XP?

Threats don't usually phase me but I have to protect myself this time.

Comments (41)

Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I ran into a gal in my office that wasusing XP. She was also complaining how slow her system was.

Apr 03, 2014 12:53 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Upgrade to Windows 8.1 and you will have faster service and fewer problems. Use a good tech for this and retain the appearance with which you are familiar.

This is not an upgrade should be upsetting since it is a great improvement.

Apr 05, 2014 12:57 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Wayne, I have 3 or 4 machines depending on if you count an iPad in the mix: a Mac that I'm beginning to like and regardless what anyone tells you...THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE!  I have an older HP Laptop with Vista sitting next to my Mac (a security blanket) and never really liked Vista. Then there is the home built (replaced an HP desktop) - with XP at my home office that I rarely use and is ready for the shredder.  Personally, I think the Mac is the way to go, but then I'm a glutton for punishment!

Apr 05, 2014 06:43 AM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Wayne  I loved XP and use Windows 7 now.  I don't remember much of a challenge to change over...except I allowed myself 3 days to do it!

TIGER DIRECT is the way to go.  They will install whatever operating system you want and their refurbished machines are as good as new...maybe better.  Plus they will install whatever programs you want to use without the bells and whistles the box companies add on.  Google them.

Apr 05, 2014 01:06 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Wayne, I purchased Mac for home and office and love it! The learning curve is minimal and the ease of use has made me a clear fan.

Apr 06, 2014 01:44 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Wayne, my husband has XP and will be getting a new computer, not sure what he will get as he hates computers, but needs it work his work :)

Apr 06, 2014 09:14 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Wayne

No . . . . one of my computers is an XP.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 06, 2014 11:51 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wayne please check out Lyn Friedman's post about this and the comments...ultimately she modified her post based on the information I received from our Director of our IT  http://actvra.in/4f7N

Let me know what you think, Endre

 

Apr 06, 2014 03:02 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Wayne, 

What have you decided tyo do now that Microsoft will not support XP? It is a hard decision.

Apr 07, 2014 06:35 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Well, here it is the day before D-Day and I've done nothing yet. I am prepared to do nothing for now and wait to see if my world collapses. Maybe this will be like 2000. I'm leaning towards just getting a MAC, which I want to do, even without the ending support for Windows XP.

Apr 07, 2014 12:59 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Wayne -

Thanks for visiting my post about XP support ending. My first of the posts was from November 2013.

ATM MACHINES --- that's the scary part - most operate on XP and the computer/internet thieves are ready to JUMP IN and take advantage.

Have a happy day -
Lynn

PS FYI  --- My move was to switch to Windows 7 on the desktop. Closer to XP than Windows 8. Don't have the inclination (or the time) to switch to mac. L.

Apr 07, 2014 01:25 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Wayne,

I have different computers running on different phases from XP to the current Windows - the worst was Vista.  I have not had problems with Windows 8, so I would say to go ahead and upgrade to it.  I have a laptop, desktop and tablet with it and all three are running smoothly.

Apr 08, 2014 07:03 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Wayne, great post to remind us with XP that we need to make some decisions, soon.

Apr 08, 2014 12:44 PM
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Wayne:  I have one computer with XP and the other one with Vista.  I know my days are numbered on both operating systems and will get a new computer when I absolutley have to and replace everything at once.

Apr 10, 2014 02:12 PM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Wayne: Hope you are having a great week it seems to be flying by. lol

Apr 10, 2014 03:13 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Wayne we have not heard from you in a couple days, are you without a PC???:)) or you are learning Windows 8.1 now?:), Endre

Apr 10, 2014 03:47 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

What decision did you make? I hope you have opted for Windows 8.1.

Have a great week.

Apr 15, 2014 09:13 PM
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Good Morning Wayne: I think I change OS every two years either because of an accident or lack of disc space. I wish the best in your new OS.

 

Apr 15, 2014 10:15 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Wayne, 

So did you get the Mac ? I am assuming you are still using XP? New virsus out there with Open SSL.. I cannot think of its name right this minute but all this stuff gets worst all the time. 

Apr 16, 2014 06:49 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Still using the old XP at home and iPad on the road. I've got to make a move by end of the month as the broker demands changing to the approved OS's. I think I'm going to get a MAC so the integration of iPhone and iPad will be smooth. It should help me with video too.

I know I'm just putting off the unpleasant and if this is the worst thing I face in 2014, I will have gotten off easy.

Apr 16, 2014 01:46 PM