I am on SS Disability and have an XP Computer. Cannot afford to buy a new one. Next April 14, 2014, Microsoft is retiring XP. I will no longer be able to get updates or protection from viruses, etc. Will Norton still protect me or will I have no protection at all? My brother who is a business manager in Texas, told me not to do any banking or anything with my secure information online after that date. Then, I will have to stop paying my bill online and do paper billing, which will make my check late every month. Last time I mailed a check in it took 10 days to get there and all my triple-play services were disconnected. I had to pay $25 for each service to be cut back on. Help!
System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3
76477-OEM-0011903-00101 Computer: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 3000+ 2.16 GHz, 1.93 GB of RAM
My due date is the 3rd of each month so I pay online since I don't get my SS check until that morning. If I have to send in a check snaii mail, it will take 10 days to get to the office or before it is deducted from my checking account. I have asked Billing to change my due date and they say they cannot. To pay your bill by phone costs $35 which I cannot afford. Then, the new bill is done on the 13th and until the 3rd of the next month I am past due every month. What do I do? Have continuous late fees.
Thank you! I checked at Staples down the street from me and it costs $210. Would have to save for that. Don't know where else to look but will see. Guess I would also have to buy one of those external thingies to save things from my computer on? Those are also expensive but I have cd-Rom's. Guess that would work too.
Yes, you should backup your data before doing the upgrade because Windows 7 will not seemlessly upgrade from Windows XP. It will basically wipe your hard drive and then install itself. You will need to backup and restore your data yourself (you should be doing that already!). Depending on how much data you have, you could use a USB drive. They are available in capacities up to at least 64GB for less than $50 (also from Newegg) so that isn't too much more expense.
Here's some information from Microsoft on upgrading from XP to Windows 7.
Thank you so much for all the information. My Norton Security Suite with Comcast already has backup as one of its services and automatically backs up my system. It even does it if I am idle for a while.