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Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014

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After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3.

Learn about upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The Microsoft Support Lifecycle provides consistent, predictable guidelines for product support availability when a product releases and throughout that product’s life.

Windows and Office products receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level.

Get more information about what end of support means for you

  • If you want to get rid of XP then send an app where we can contunue our XP programs.  I would rather use XP than Windows 7.  It is clean and simple to use.  When you set up 7 we lost a lot of XP programs and a lot of programs did not want to upgrade to 7 because of what ever.  

    Wake up Microsoft!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Good lord, freaking scary.

    Do ANY of you have an education ? Freaking spelling and grammar are ignorant and scary.

    Can't understand what half of you are even "trying" to say.

  • I work in corporate IT and have been investigating Windows 8 since they released an eval copy and I really think that Microsoft have lost the plot with Win8. Sure it has some nice features for exec's but the bread and butter PC users are going to struggle with it. I am an XP fan although I do run Win7 and have got to like it but if MS build robust software that wasn't full of exploits which they plug with patches on a monthly basis, there would be no need to force satisfied XP users to upgrade.

  • Agree with all the above regretting your fiddling with an excellent system in order,apparently, to force us to use an inferior one.  Remember the old adage : if it aint broke dont fix it.  Read  and learn Microsoft!!

  • Being a silver surfer I am use to XP and find it so easy , please don't make us change, give us your continued support. I don't have much confidence in 7 or 8 and I don't have unlimited funds to update. Please have pity on us oldies.

  • If only they could get Windows 8 and Office to do all that XP and Office 2003 would do, without all the error messages and incompatibilities before the closing date... not likely!

  • time to make the jump. Apple awaits you.

  • It seems they are having to restructure the windows 8 to include a start feature, since they have made it so complicated. Also bit by bit they are eroding the compatibility of XP with other systems to squeeze

    out it usurers. Which means as they progress the browser becomes useless for Google mail etc.

    Unable to upgrade ie8, and it go’s on.

    Be aware some of the so called updates are not what they seem. As a result of one batch of updates

    I had all manner of problems which resulted in removing them. Which resolved the problems.

    Blue screen, system crash, system errors, and it went on.

    I would prefer to stay with it, but it means we will have to replace our equipment for what we have

    will not be compatible – It could be a case that Microsoft are generating waste for the sake of profit.

    But who am I just a pebble on the beach.

  • Please tell me how to get and set up Linux

  • I have run your software (for Windows 7 and for Windows 8) to see if my two PC's using Windows XP can be successfully updated to Windows 7 or Windows 8,  Both have completely failed the tests for updating to Windows 8.  For Windows 7, your evaluation software has shown software I will lose, some hardware that may have to be replaced but not necessarily (processor level, etc), and that I would need to reload software that works now after going to Windows 7 (even though some of them were downloaded a few years ago and are part the time when I could re-download them).  Thank you for doing what you have to help me make my life better.  

  • If Toyota stopped supporting my 10 year old car I would never buy another Toyota product.

  • We need XP, and  continues support.

    Come up with a program to help keep our older machines safe.

  • People, don't sweat the ending of support for XP. Make sure that you are running a secure browser (NOT IE,) uninstall Java (for those who don't play online games,) use a script blocker (NoScript,) ad blocker (AdBlock Plus,) and tracker/beacon blocker (Ghostery.) Keep your antivirus software up to date and use a malware blocker. I recommend Malwarebytes. Protect your computer further by having a hardware firewall configured to reject incoming port probes; disable all unnecessary or potentially dangerous Windows services, such as UPNP (look them up to ensure whether you need them and check for dependencies;) disable file sharing if enabled. Sure, it's "techie sounding," but you CAN secure your computer. Also, it is wise to NEVER click on a link in an email or Web page from an untrusted source (NEVER click on a URL that has been shortened to mask its true identity, unless you can trust the source.) There are also other add-ons such as Web of Trust (WOT) that help (but don't totally guarantee) you to determine if the web page is legitimate or potentially dangerous to your computer. I am typing this comment from a Windows XP computer (SP3,) but I also have a Windows 2000 computer used at work that has been secured the same way. I have not had a security incident for FOUR YEARS, since I used the above methods to secure my computers. After inadvertently installing the dreaded "scareware" called "Windows XP 2010 Antivirus" I learned my lesson. It took me a few hours to recover from that one!

  • I hate the new updates to xp and the new OUTLOOK is very hard to understand--I want to go back to


  • Love my XP, hate Vista. Maybe Apple is the answer. Shame on you

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