Over the years, I have accumulated a rather large collection of family history artifacts and photographs that I have stored digitally and on source media ranging from original negatives to recording tape. A segment of my holdings consists of audio interviews and travelogues that I originally created on reel-to-reel and cassette tapes as far back as 1968 that I eventually digitized and burned onto CDs and DVDs.
Although Microsoft officially ended support for Windows XP in 2014, you may have a perfectly good reason for staying with this OS for a while longer. For instance, you may be put off by the user interface of Windows 10 and just don’t want to go through the hassle and cost of a system upgrade. I have my own reasons why I’m still running XP on my Mac.
After an operating system update, users invariably encounter feature and interface changes and apps that no longer work. While I certainly don’t claim to be the definitive expert and authority about Apple’s newest OS, I’d like to share a few things that I discovered during the upgrade process.
Mac users typically run Windows using virtualization software like VMware Fusion or Parallels and may be thinking of upgrading to Windows 10. Software developers are notorious for changing the look and feel of their company’s operating systems with each successive version, and Windows 10 is no exception. As a form of insurance in case you encounter a major glitch or want to revert to your previous setup, it is vitally important to make a complete backup of your Windows virtual machine BEFORE you upgrade.
There are times when the only software available for a specific task is a Windows program, and if you’re running Mac OS X, chances are that you’ll receive suggestions to install a full-blown virtualization tool such as Parallels, VMware, or BootCamp. IMHO, there are two major drawbacks to that approach: you must have an installable copy of the Windows OS, and you would need to become vigilant about identifying and removing Windows malware and viruses.