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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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  • Just more corporate greed:  I read 30% of pcs are still XP, many of them used by small businesses. Windows 8 & Vista are crap, & 7 is ok, but how long before they get rid of 7. I now have to scrap my laptop (not enough space to upgrade to 7), & just use my desktop w/7. May be time to look at Apple.

  • On your vote, over 50% of the people are still running XP so it really sucks that you are shafting at least over half of your customers.  8 is a complete bust--it's only for the gamers and has nothing to do with normal folks or normal businesses that need to run workhorse programs that last longer than a few years.  You say you supported XP for 12 years, but most of the people who bought it didn't buy it 12 years ago.  I have grown tired of the constant updates and these products changes were you purposely discontinue the older version, forcing everyone to buy new in order to run anything.  At least when the car companies discontinue a model they still sell the parts for the old models and they still have service departments at their dealerships.  Microsoft has become a model of how NOT to treat one's customers.  Next time Apple.

  • I work with computers, so I am fairly familiar with Vista, Windows 7....started out with Windows 3.1, then Windows 95, skipped ME. I really like my Win XP machine. It works good, is reliable, and runs ALL the programs I need for my work. I plan to keep my XP machine up and running as long as it continues to work. I will increase my security, but I will not dump my perfectly good computer until I am good and ready. Considering the huge number of people still running Windows XP because they LIKE IT and because it is reliable and user-friendly, it's a shame Microsoft decided to dump the updates.

  • Microsoft, if we can free upgrade to Windows 7?

  • Without the ability to purchase a new computer, what are we suppose to do???

  • Latest Windows format is useless to me.  XP worked just fine.  Maybe I need to look into Apple?

  • Funny all the bashing of Windows 8 and saying your going to Mac... go ahead! If you think Windows 8 isn't user friendly just wait until you spend all that money on a Mac to just sit in the corner because you don't understand how to use it! Face it XP is ancient and has over stayed its' welcome!  Apple does the same thing with its OS so I don't know what you think your going to gain by switching to Mac!

  • good by xp, hello apple.

  • you guys have no respect for the customers . you suck. going to buy a Mac.fof. Xp is the best OS you ever made.Ever

  • What a philosophy.  Profit over the people.

  • Windows 7 (which should still be available on Amazon or e-bay) should be a  good upgrade for XP users - the learning curve is not steep - and I'm 65 years old!  Anyway, IMHO, Microsoft made a good decision in ending XP support. It is an OLD OS, and needs to be retired.

  • It's not just that I hate change. It's not just that my limited computer knowledge makes it hard to feel good about a new computer purpose. I have resisted updating my old computer because I hear nothing but bad things about each "update". I have been told that windows 8 is not at all user friendly and that I do not want it. Might have to look into a Mac.  

  • Dear Microsoft,

    I have XP PCs without internet connection, no need new release of software  (old software version is sufficient enough) not much use of USB (scan every time I use it), only have network connection amoung those XP PCs, and I have clone backup of their harddisk (Can re-install or rollback anytime I want). I think I can survive with out new XP update, right ?

  • Anyone wonder why so many of us are switching to Apple???

  • Where are the security tips?

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