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What Windows XP’s ‘end of life’ means for you

What Windows XP’s ‘end of life’ means for you

Q. I read in your Breaking News newsletter that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security updates to Windows XP. What does this mean? Will my two XP computers suddenly stop working? What should I do when that happens?

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-Greg, from McAllen, TX, listens to my national radio show onĀ  KURV 710 AM.

A. I can understand your concern, Greg. Despite being more than a decade old, XP is still the second most-popular operating system around. It was the most popular up until about this time last year when Windows 7 edged it out.

But even though XP is still the second most-popular operating system around, all good things have to come to an end, though.

Microsoft set Windows XP’s end-of-life date for April 8, 2014. After that, Windows XP will ride off into the sunset knowing it changed the computing world forever.

What does that mean for people still using XP, though?

The good news is that your XP computers won’t suddenly stop working, Greg. Any XP computer will still work just the way it did on April 7, 2014. However, I don’t recommend using it anymore.

That’s because Microsoft will no longer update XP’s version of Microsoft Security Essentials. “End of life” means the official end of Microsoft support, including no more updates to the XP version of Microsoft Security Essentials, and updates to customer service.

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