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Get the latest security updates and find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP

Get the latest security updates and find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP

Microsoft releases security updates on the second Tuesday of every month.

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to help protect your PC.)

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  • In the 20 years I have used Microsoft products the company has always launched an OS and never supported it once they launched an OS three up from that one.  This approach is just the same, making people upgrade.  That's why Micro$oft makes money.

  • "find out what to do if your computer is running Windows XP"

    This blog doesn't tell you what to do. Epic Failure!

  • I have already updated to Windows 7 but I felt like I lost a good friend when I let XP go.  It was the best program ever and much easier to use than Windows 7.  Windows Live Mail is the pits and I have not found any one to help with it.  I am not hearing anything good about Windows 8.  Give us something as good as XP was.

  • HI:  Now that Microsoft doesn't have MSE on XP's computer programs anymore, then in order to get another security service, I must get rid of the old MSE, but you don't show where to delete or remove this from the XP system - as my XP computer is old, I do not want to invest more money into it for your M8 upgrades.  Please help, as I cannot install another antivirus program until MSE is removed.  Sorry, but I just cannot find where to delete this MSE...  

    Thank You

  • I think it is a big mistake. This proven warrior is still the best around. I think you dumped too much into 8 and hope to come out smelling like a rose. I don't think you can or will. Keep XP. It serves great many nations and people.

  • Will other programs such as Kapersky  Pure 3.0 be enough to keep my computer safe?

  • I bought an XP computer from HP Direct in January 2010. Nobody was talking about ending XP. What a bag over the head.

  • How can I determine whether I am running XP on my desktop at home?

  • Considering the number of people still using XP, you should continue to offer them security updates. Stop any improvement updates but assure their security. I have a laptop with Windows 8.1 (originally 8.0) and I do not like it. My other laptop with Windows 7 is much preferred over that with 8.1 As a result, my plan is to NOT buy another Microsoft product until user friendliness has improved.

  • I guess we have to switch to Apple then.

  • I am sopping for an Apple.

    No more of this stuff.


  • It is a damned shame that you will no longer support XP. This make me want to change all my systems to Apple.

  • What a windfall for Microsoft, computer manufacturers and tech support companies!

    Windows 8 and Microsoft 2013 are NOT user friendly!

  • I understand that Microsoft will continue to provide updates/security patches for large organizations for an annual fee.

    If their engineers must do the work to provide security for these organizations, why not offer those the security patches to individuals like me as I would be happy to pay an annual fee for same. Seems like it would be a winner for all ....Microsoft would make money and some four million users of XP would be grateful. Please think about it...

  • I myself am very upset that Microsoft will not be supporting XP/ MS Office 2003 any longer.  I feel it is very wrong of Microsoft to stop these updates.  XP / MS 2003 are products of Microsoft and regardless of the year/age of the OS/MS Office they should continue to support their products.  Very, very upset with Microsoft.  I don't think I will ever buy a product from Microsoft ever again and I will encourage my family/friends/students not to as well.

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