“Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came 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 is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. (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 is secure because Microsoft is no longer providing security updates to help protect your PC.)
If you continue to use Windows XP now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.”
Microsoft also answers the question: “What does it mean if Windows isn’t supported?”
“An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.”
That seems an ominous enough warning from the creator of the world’s most popular OS ever for laggards still running Windows XP to take notice, and take action.
Some tips for short term survival if still running Windows XP:
Stop using Internet Explorer. The most common version of IE used on XP systems is version 8, and since Internet Explorer is now up to version 11, you already using an obsolete the browser. And to make matters worse, Internet Explorer 7 and 8 will also not be updated, leaving your system vulnerable to malware that exploits these old programs.
Set your default browser to Mozilla’s Firefox or Google’s Chrome. These browsers will continue to support Windows XP. This gives you a little more time, but Chrome on XP will only be supported for one more year, and it’s unclear on how long Firefox will continue to support XP.
Still Running Windows XP – you’re not alone:
While estimates vary, XP consistently ranks as the second most popular operating system worldwide. Analytics firm StatCounter says that nearly 17 percent of desktop, tablet, and console users are on XP, while Net Marketshare puts the desktop use even higher at nearly 28 percent.
As the Post reported in March, the U.S. government is among the Microsoft customers who just couldn’t let go. At the time “despite a recent rush to complete upgrades,” an estimated 10 percent of several million government computers were expected to miss the upgrade deadline.
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