Windows XP is 12 years old—that’s pretty old for an operating system.Microsoft officially withdrew its support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014, after 13 years of loyal service. This is where were tackle the question “what should I do if I am still running Microsoft XP?
So what do this mean for you, or any of your friends who still use computers running Windows XP? After April 8th, there will be no instant meltdown. Your PC will continue to work. However, there are implications for security and stability. End of Support means that any exploits found in newer versions of Windows are likely to be tested to see whether they can also be adapted to attack XP, and if they’re successful, there will be no help from Microsoft in fixing the problem.
It’s possible that there are individuals holding back exploits they have already found so they can unleash them after Microsoft has stopped producing updates – in effect ensuring these yet-to-be-exploited vulnerabilities never become fixed. Thus, similar to continued use of IE6 in by certain businesses, Windows XP will be more vulnerable than newer versions of the operating system to potential attack.
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