Support for Windows XP ends now

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Support for Windows XP ends Tuesday, which means there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for Windows XP from Microsoft. Support is also ending for Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2003.

Windows XP was a very successful and a very popular operating system, but in the last 12 years, technology has moved on. Newer operating systems like Windows 8.1 are faster, more reliable and designed with security in mind. Furthermore, they support a range of emerging trends, from mobility and touch to integration with cloud services.

The biggest challenge facing Windows XP users moving forward is arguably security.  Windows XP was launched in 2001 and was not designed to protect users from today’s risks.  Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software, which can steal or damage your personal information and business data. Our research shows that anti-virus software protection is not sufficient when the underlying operating system is not being patched.

To help safeguard your personal data, we recommend that you upgrade your PC to a modern Windows operating system or move to a new Windows PC or tablet so you can receive regular security updates to help protect your computer from malicious attacks.

Get more information about security threats to Windows XP .

Are you using Windows XP on your PC?

If you’re not sure if you’re running Windows XP, just visit www.amirunningxp.com which will auto-detect your operating system. If you are running Windows XP, the site will direct you to our Windows XP End of Support website.

The website provides a simple explanation of end of support and offers a number of tools and resources including:

  • A free, downloadable tool called the Windows Upgrade Assistant, which can advise you if your PC can be upgraded to Windows 8.1
  • Simple, step-by-step instructions to upgrade your PC from Windows XP
  • A free tool called PC Mover Express for Windows XP will help you copy your files and settings to an upgraded PC
  • Resources to find a new PC
  • A set of simple tutorials to help you get up and running with Windows 8.1

Is your business using Windows XP?

If you’re a business owner and still have PCs and systems running Windows XP, we recommend you visit our commercial end of support page which provides useful information and resources to help you to get the benefits of migrating your Windows XP PCs to a modern operating system.

Visit www.amirunningxp.com for more information.

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