Support for Windows XP ended

After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended on 8 April 2014. Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 10.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.


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