WHAT DOES END OF SUPPORT MEAN?
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Your XP machine will continue to work as it has in recent history. However, here are things you need to know if you continue to run XP:
- Security Vulnerabilities:
o Each week, Microsoft releases security patches for each of their current operating systems. After April 8th, these patches will no longer be made for XP. PCs with XP will be more vulnerable to viruses, spyware and other malicious software.
- Compliance Issues :
o Laws require certain industries to comply with security regulations, such as HIPPA. If using XP, industries regulated by HIPPA, and others, will no longer be compliant with the law because of the lack of security with XP.
- Lack of Software Support:
o You will no longer receive free, or paid, support from Microsoft for XP.
- Hardware Compatibility:
o Drivers, or programs that machines run on, for new devices such as printers, scanners, routers, etc., will not be available for XP machines. For instance, if you purchase a new printer and you are running Windows XP, that printer will not print anything sent from the XP machine.
Need help deciding what to do? Here is a guide for either remaining on XP, moving to Windows 7. or moving to Windows 8. Read more here.
Here is information about increasing security on Windows XP after April 8th. Read more here
Still have questions about what ' XP End of Support' is and what to do? Read more here
Unsure if you have Windows XP? This tool from Microsoft will tell you Check here.