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Impending XP Doomsday

It’s NOT just Microsoft that are dropping support for Windows XP, but also software and hardware vendors too.

There have been many false apocalyptic events in human history that eventually passed by with a whimper, unfortunately this is all set to change …forget the Mayan calendar …forget the millennium bug …forget the movie 2012

…End of XP Support April 8th 2014 is a GUARANTEE!

As a business or an organisation that runs its systems on Windows XP, you need to pay heed to this message.

On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will OFFICIALLY AND FINALLY end ALL support for Windows XP. To the rest of the world that is just another day, to XP dependent organisations and users, you are left vulnerable and exposed to a tsunami of security threats.

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How does this deadline affect you?

It’s not just Microsoft that are dropping support for Windows XP, but also software and hardware vendors too. The main concerns we find that businesses have with migrating from Windows XP, is compatibility of their existing software, hardware and processes and hence are reluctant to move.

Not only can we assist you with the hardware and the transition of your data, but we can also liaise and bridge the gap between your organisation and your IT hardware and software providers, making sure that there are no drastic disruptions when upgrading.

However, if we find that your software will no longer work with the new operating system, we can also assist you in finding a new solution. Apart from the compliance and security issues you may face, this is one of the main reason why we are advising ALL businesses and organisations to start migrating NOW so all these issues can be rectified before the April deadline.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to upgrade ALL Windows XP and other EOL systems (such as Office 2003 and Microsoft Exchange 2003) to a more modern and secure infrastructure, before the April DEADLINE and to successfully migrate all data, software and hardware. For FREE advice call us on 020 7998 0104 or email info@thepcsurgeon.co.uk

XP Usage Statistics

Windows XP was released 12 Years ago
95% of the Worlds ATM’s run on Windows XP
85% of NHS PC’s STILL run on Windows XP
Users are 6X more likely to get hacked
40% of Businesses still USE XP
500m PC’s have NOT upgraded


The Morning After...

What are the implications for your business…

On April 9th 2014, Microsoft will cease to provide:
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New security updates

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Online technical help

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Free support services

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Paid XP support services

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Non security hotfixes

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Content updates and tutorials

How is your business affected…

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Open to Exploits

Users who fail to migrate will effectively be leaving their Windows XP based systems open to exploits and vulnerabilities.

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Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer below version 9.0 will also no longer be supported, meaning that all vulnerabilities in older versions become a major risk.

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Hardware Drivers

Most if not all hardware, peripheral and device vendors WILL CEASE to provide any new updates or drivers.

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ZERO Day Threats

Hackers and organised crime syndicates are developing attacks in anticipation of the unsupported Windows XP (Zero Day Threats are said to be sold up £150K)

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Latest Hardware NOT Supported

Users will not be able to take full advantage and benefits of the latest modern hardware technologies, as they will NOT function correctly on the aging OS.

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Open to Compliance Issues

Organisations that don’t upgrade are open to potential liabilities, legal issues and FINES, for example, the Data Protection Act requires organizations to use up-to-date software to protect critical or private personal and business information.

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A Potential Entry Point

Even if information/data is not kept on Windows XP systems, organisations must UPGRADE as these systems STILL represent a potential entry point for a breach of security.

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Your Reputation is at Risk

Security breaches can affect your reputation and PR, a single breach can impact a company’s ability to attract new customers and retain existing ones.

There is common acceptance by industry security and tech professionals that Hackers will wait till the retirement of Windows XP to unleash ALL new vulnerabilities and selling these exploits for up to $150K on the black market.


We Have Room in Our Ark For You

Firstly, don’t panic it’s not too late and thankfully the cost of saving the integrity of your business’s data, migration, hardware, software and transfer is not as much as you think.

Given the scope of the task, we recommend that you nominate/delegate one person in your organisation to mediate with the IT service/solution provider and follow the steps below to understand how big your problem could be.

  1. Perform an audit of all your computers, servers and determine the complexity of the problem.
  2. For each affected computer.
    • Check to see if they are compatible with Windows 7
    • Decide whether it may be time to buy a new computer
    • Perform an inventory of all the software you use
    • For each software
      • Identify the software you need and don’t. You may find that some software packages may NOT be used anymore BUT you are still being billed for the licenses.
      • Check to see whether it will run under Windows 7 or Windows 8
      • If not, is there an alternative, start to investigate
    • For each piece of hardware
      • Is it still supported under Windows 7 or Windows 8?
      • If not, is there an alternative, start to investigate
  3. Itemise every problem you are experiencing with your current IT infrastructure
  4. Determine what the new solution needs to achieve and bring to your business.

Once you have an outline of your needs and requirements, we can then prepare a plan for you to safely migrate to your chosen solution.

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The chink of light

Thankfully this is also the best time for any organisation to get their IT infrastructure overhauled and given a new lease of life.

Although restructuring is an additional cost which you may not have accounted for before, it will save you time and money in the long term as well as securing the safety of your business.

Migrating to Windows 7/8, Office 2013 and Server 2012/Exchange 2013 now is a very savvy move for any organisation. This upgrade will not ONLY keep you supported, but offers greater flexibility, ties in your resources better, empowers users to be more productive than ever before and access to all of the latest technology developments.

Getting ready is very simple and hassle free, call the PC Surgeon and take advantage of our FREE migration clinic and let us help you and your organisation create a road map for migration today!


Why Act Now

If you haven’t already started to migrate, it’s NOT to late!

ACT NOW!

Many businesses still using Windows XP should have begun plans to migrate already. If you haven’t taken this step, you should begin application testing immediately in order to reduce business risk.

It’s not too late, you still have a few months to act. Already we have successfully helped numerous small and medium size businesses to migrate. In our experience we have found that on average, a 10 user business replacing its systems and completely overhauling the IT infrastructure from initial consultation to end sign off is roughly a 2 month process. Organisation must also remember that once they have migrated from Windows XP, their systems will be secure up to January 2020 with Windows 7 and January 2023 with Windows 8.

In the first instance we suggest users and organisations should move to Windows 7 (majority are moving to Windows 7 and NOT Windows 8). Its a natural progression and causes the minimum amount of disruption, learning and unsuitability in a business environment. The cost of migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 does not cost as much as you may think. Now unlike before, customers have a choice and many more options are available, such as buying low cost refurbished systems, using mobile devices and even moving to a different platform such as Linux.

Unlike others, the PC Surgeon can offer customers a bespoke solution not only centered on your needs but also your budgets and constraints.


What We Offer

Below is a general list of the services we offer:

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Complete Network Audit and Inventory Management

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Bespoke/refurbished Windows 7 systems

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File and Mail Servers (Windows Server 2012/Linux)

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Mobile and Tablet Devices

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Application Training

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NAS (Network Attach Storage) Backup Devices

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Hardware and Software Compatibility Testing

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Data Files and Email Migration

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Network Infrastructure Overhaul and Installation

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Data Security and Backup Policy Setup

If you have any specific requests, such as custom software development please do not hesitate to call. Whatever your budget or requirements, the PC Surgeon is here to help!

Stay fully up to date with Microsoft Windows 7 and Office 2013. This has an upside well beyond keeping you supported, it offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as Virtualization and the Cloud.

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April 8th 2014 Windows XP Support Ends…


…The Clock is Ticking… Call Us Today on 0207 998 0104



Blogs / Articles

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  • We Have Room For You On Our Ark

    Firstly, don’t panic, it’s not too late and thankfully the cost of saving the integrity of your business’s data…

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  • Windows 7 Upgrade Myths

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  • Behind The Times With Windows XP

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  • Businesses Running Windows XP, What Should You Do?

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  • Retailers to face fines for using Windows XP after April 8th 2014 DEADLINE!

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  • Windows XP – The Ultimate Hackers Playground

    Never before has an operating system been supported for this length of time. Never before have roughly 40% of the worlds desktop PCs become instantly vulnerable.

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