NV1 and the End of Microsoft Support for Windows XP
Microsoft Support for Windows XP Ended on April 8, 2014
Microsoft support for Windows XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 ended on April 8, 2014. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid Microsoft support options, or online technical content updates for these products.
There are three options to deal with the end of XP:
- Just keep running XP as is.
Nothing should stop working, and if your internet activity is safe, you should be fine for a few more years.
- Upgrade your operating system from XP to Windows 7 or 8.1 32-bit version.
If your computer has plenty of free space, a fast processor and more than 1GB of memory you can upgrade your OS. There is no direct path provided by Microsoft from XP to Windows 7 or 8.1 so the upgrade will require patience and know-how to transfer your current programs and data successfully.
- Get a new computer with a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or 8.1.
If your computer is more than 5 years old, you should opt for a new one with a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or 8.1 and a parallel port (which generally is a special order). Then simply copy your c:\nv folder from the old computer to the new one and you can continue to run NV1.
Windows Virtual PC mode & Windows XP Mode (XPM)
If you are running Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit) and are using Windows Virtual PC or XPM to run NV1, you also face the end of support as of April 8. As stated in prior bulletins and on our website, we have always recommended Windows 32-bit for NV1. Using Virtual PC to run NV1 within a 64-bit environment is only a temporary solution to move NV1 data to a new computer, then upgrade to NV2. Virtual solutions are not recommended as permanent replacements for a DOS environment. Ultimately, you have the same three options described above to deal with the end of XP.