If you’re still using Windows XP, you should be making plans to upgrade to something that will be supported.
We’ve already explained why it’s time to let go of Windows XP and what will happen when Microsoft finally stops supporting it on April 8, 2014. It doesn’t support modern hardware properly and it isn’t as secure as modern versions of Windows because it doesn’t have User Account Control and other modern security features.
(Forget what you may have heard about UAC in the Windows Vista days — it’s better now.) As time goes on, Windows XP will become increasingly insecure and both hardware and software vendors will stop supporting it.
Or perhaps you’re perfectly happy with your existing software and just use your computer for very basic things, so you don’t see the point in paying Microsoft an upgrade fee.
Here are your options: Windows 7: If you’re still using Windows XP, there’s a good chance you won’t want to go through the shock of upgrading to Windows 8.
Windows 7 isn’t the latest, but it’s the most widely used version of Windows and will be supported until January 14, 2020.
To keep Windows XP up to date and compatible with newer applications, turning on Automatic Updates is not always enough.
There are a few things you may need to check and update manually in order for Vectorworks to run properly.
Windows XP has had 3 major service packs released in its history.
Service Pack 3 in particular adds large compatibility improvements as well as an increase in overall speed and efficiency across the board.
Windows XP is not nearly as advanced as Windows Vista or Windows 7 when it comes to locating and installing the most up to date drivers automatically, often this has to be done by hand when they are found to be out of date.
Windows XP won’t be officially supported for much longer.
Sure, you could keep using it — it won’t just stop working one day.
It will just become more insecure over time as Microsoft and everyone else stops supporting it. It has been officially supported for more than a decade.