Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for 12 years—longer than any previous Windows operating system. The time has come 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.
What this means for you
If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. And as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP.
Why Windows XP support ended
Secure your personal data
We want your personal data to stay secure. To help secure your data you'll need to either upgrade your Windows XP machine to the new Windows (which may not work, learn more) or get a new Windows PC.
We're here to help
No matter which upgrade path you choose, we're here to help. If you still need answers, check out our top questions about the end of XP support.