Microsoft Is About To End Windows XP Support

    April 8, 2014
    Chris Crum
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The final countdown for Windows XP support is upon us (There’s literally a countdown. You can see it here). It’s had a good twelve-year run, but on April 8th, Microsoft will support the OS no more.

This means there will be no more security updates or technical support.

“Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer,” says Microsoft. “PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks.”

The company notes that antivirus software will not be able to fully protect your PC when the operating system itself is unsupported.

“Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements,” the company says.

Windows XP will still be able to be installed and activated, and activations will still be required for retail installations. Existing updates will still be available via Windows Update.

Microsoft is also ending support for the following: Office 2003, Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, Windows XP used with MED-V, Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP, System Center, Windows Intune and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit for Windows XP
Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool will be provided for Windows XP through July 14th, 2015.

People using machines with Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional, who receive updates via Windows Update, will be notified about the end of support.

Image via Microsoft

  • Indian_Art

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    How to Break free from the cycle of Planned Obsolesce?!!??

    Stay safe with Linux.

    There is a very good chance Linux OS will run well with older hardware with lower specs

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    Its the worlds most popular free OS. It has free upgrades & security updates. It has a free office suite, LibreOffice that comes standard along with other great apps/programs.

    For those who like the Windows look, I would recommend: http://www.kubuntu.com & for older computer with lower specs http://www.xubuntu.com or http://lubuntu.net

    Or try Linux Mint: http://linuxmint.com

    Because the Linux option is free & now so easy (user friendly) one must give it a try. You have so much to gain.

    Lots of people give their time, effort & money to make these great products that they just give the world for free. So they may not have the huge ad budgets & would need users like us to spread the word. Although its free, you are welcome to donate if you like the software.

    For those worried about Office 2003 support ending try LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

    Time to check out the free, safe, secure & feature-packed LibreOffice. Its truly multi-platform & takes just a few minutes & clicks to install.

    Try it now you have so much to gain: http://www.libreoffice.org/download

    Thunderbird is excellent as well.

    I feel most people should find it great. All they need to do is try it out 1st in a LiveDVD or LiveUSB.