We're all hearing a lot about this lately as as of April 2014 - Win XP goes "end-of-life" meaning that you will have no security updates any longer, no support, and so you will be more than vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Your option is to upgrade your computers for $$$ to be able to handle the newest edition of Windows.
I've researched the options and I'm personally tired of the strangle-hold that Microsoft has on us all. Did you know you no longer actually "own" the operating system you buy from them? You're just leasing it!
Also, I'm on a budget, I'd like to keep my computers. They may be a few years old, but they work fine(and no one would want to steal them!). I have made the plunge and converted to Linux. It works fine on the older computers. It's community supported, has LTS editions (long term support editions) and for the tech-minded, kind of fun. It really doesn’t take long to get used to it. Yes it's different, but it's gotten infinitely better over the years since I first messed with Linux. And the online community support is great. And for those who are Mac-nuts - it's based on UNIX, just like a Mac. I like Mac too, but it's a bit too proprietary for me. The hardware's expensive, and the applications are too. With Linux - the Apps are FREE!!!! Just like the OS. And for the physician office - there are even packages of relevant software already worked out for you. Even EMR's that meet CMS requirements  - though I'm not going there - privacy issues worry me. I don't like it. Neither do my patients. I'll take the hit - for the privacy of my patients. Anyway - here's an interesting article on the concept.....

Munich to hand out Ubuntu Linux CDs to ward off upcoming Windows XPocalypse

The end is nigh, and the date of doom has been foretold. The Windows XPocalypse is set to unleash hell on April 8, 2014, and in a bid to preserve the security of its citizens, the German city of Munich is turning to an unlikely savior: Ubuntu Linux.

Both security experts and Microsoft itself have warned that the impending end-of-life date for Windows XP could spark a hacker holiday, as the still-popular operating system will stop receiving security patches to plug vulnerability holes. Microsoft went so far as to warn that people who continue to run Windows XP beyond April will forever suffer from zero day exploits that could harm both your PC and spread to infect your friends.

Microsoft's solution, naturally, entails upgrading to a new version of Windows or picking up a newer PC. Munich's solution is much less costly: The city plans to distribute 2,000 Ubuntu Linux installation discs via the Gasteig library, giving its citizens a no-cost solution to the Windows XP conundrum.

Ubuntu, like virtually all Linux distributions, has a small footprint and should work just fine on the types of older systems frequently found running Windows XP. The minimum system requirements for Ubuntu is 64 megabytes of RAM (though 512MB is recommended) and 5GB of storage space.

Munich won't provide official support for the discs it hands out, though the version being distributed is Ubuntu 12.04, a long-term support release, rather than the newer, yet shorter-lived Ubuntu 13.04. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is guaranteed to receive updates and security patches until April, 2017.

A solid replacement

Seriously: Windows XP users should abandon the ship before the ship goes down, and Ubuntu Linux is a great no-cost option for casual users.

Ubuntu Linux is one of the more popular Linux distributions around on account of its silky-smooth installation and fairly flat learning curve. The OS comes preloaded with a bevy of helpful open-source software (like Firefox, the Thunderbird email client, and the LibreOffice productivity suite) to ease the transition even more. And hey, Steam's boss says Linux is the future of PC gaming!

But even still, trying the open-source operating system on for size after years of Windows usage could result in some shock. PCWorld has guides for displaced Ubuntu users and aspiring Linux gamers alike, and if you're really feeling out of sorts after making the switch, we even have a guide to making Ubuntu look and feel like Windows 7.

[Via Slashdot and Wind8apps.com]

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