As you may have heard, Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows XP, effective April 8th, 2014. After a 12-year run, Microsoft will no longer release updates or security patches for the widely embraced operating system. Consequently, DATAQ Instruments will also end support for Windows XP. While we will continue to assist those who are using Windows XP with previously known issues relating to the operating system, we will no longer make concessions for future Windows XP issues in forthcoming releases of our drivers or WinDaq data acquisition software.
If you haven’t done so already, we strongly recommend upgrading to a more contemporary version of Windows, i.e. Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (32 or 64-bit). An upgrade will not only allow you to continue acquiring data, trouble free, it will give you some piece of mind knowing that Microsoft is continuing to issue upgrades and security patches to protect your data.
Unfortunately, many of the security vulnerabilities present in Windows 7, are also present in Windows XP. As a result, hackers will wait for Microsoft to release security patches for Windows 7 and use those patches as a “road map” to exploit those same vulnerabilities under Windows XP, which will no longer receives security patches.