Today, the 8th April is the end date for Windows XP. If you’re reading this article and have a Windows XP machine, my suggestion is to remove the Ethernet cable from your router, or disconnect from the Wi-Fi at home, then read on.
If you are using XP in business, then your IT support partner needs sacking. They should have been haranguing you for the last 12 months or more about moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8. If you have ignored their pleas, then they have probably dropped supporting you!
Fact – support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available. Don’t let your PC go unprotected. Do something today.
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. It has been an incredibly successful Operating System, but now the time has come for Microsoft, along with their hardware and software partners, to put their resources towards supporting more modern technologies, so that they can continue to deliver great new experiences.
As a result, after today, 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 anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
Please check your OS version and if needed, take action – today.