Windows 10 PC

What does this mean?

It means you should take action and upgrade to Windows 10. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after 8 April 2014 are not considered secure.

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How do I migrate off Windows XP?

Small to Medium Business

Small to mid-size organisations (<500 employees) should locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet their business needs.

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Enterprise Customers

Microsoft offers large organisations (500+ employees) in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to facilitate the deployment and management of Windows Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies.

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Business and technology expertise where you can find solutions to meet the current and future needs of your business.

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Potential risks of staying with Windows XP


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 business data and information. Antivirus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is left unsupported.


Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements. Learn more on HHS’s view on the security requirements for information systems that contain electronic protected health information below.

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Lack of Independent Software (ISV) Support

Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.

Hardware Manufacturer Support

Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP on new hardware may not be available.

Frequently Asked Questions


Windows XP can still be installed and activated after end of support. Computers running Windows XP will still work but they won’t receive any Microsoft Updates or be able to leverage technical support. Activations will still be required for retail installations of Windows XP after this date as well.

Windows XP Mode follows the same support lifecycle as Windows XP, extended support will end on 8 April 2014.

Windows XP used with MED-V follows the same support cycle as Windows XP, support ends on 8 April 2014.

Microsoft Security Essentials will not be available for download on Windows XP after 8 April 2014. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates until 14 July 2015. However, please note that PCs running Windows XP after 8 April 2014 should not be considered protected.

Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool is aligned with the company's anti-malware engines and signatures, and as such the removal tool will continue to be provided for Windows XP until 14 July 2015. However, any PC running Windows XP after 8 April 2014 should not be considered protected as there will be no security updates for the Windows XP operating system.

While customers may continue to use System Centre, Microsoft Intune, and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to manage and deploy Windows XP beyond 8 April 2014, those products will no longer support Windows XP, and any technical issues which may arise will not be addressed.

See the Windows Embedded product lifecycle page and Microsoft Support for more information on Windows XP Embedded lifecycles.

Yes, all existing Windows XP updates and fixes will still be available via Windows Update and WSUS.

As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system on which it is installed on. More information is available at Microsoft Support.

The notification will be sent to users of Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update. Users in organisations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Centre Configuration Manager, or Microsoft Intune will not receive the Windows XP end of support notification.

Additional Resources

Windows XP Enterprise migration

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

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Windows XP IT Pro forum

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