What does this mean?
It means Microsoft has stopped doing updates for Windows XP. Also In most cases, you will not get manufacturer support for Windows XP either (such as Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo, Sony).
Some support already ended years ago.
Windows Security essentials will continue to work, but will no longer be updated. So if you want continue to use Windows XP we recommend that you uninstall Security Essentials, if it is installed, and use a different security/antivirus program that is still supported. I will be researching these shortly to see which programs are still supporting XP. Remember you should only have one security software program on your computer and it should be from a reputable company.
If you continue to use Windows XP, consider switching your browser to FIrefox or Chrome.
Do I have to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 or get a new computer?
You do not have to upgrade. Windows XP should continue to work. However you should back up any important data and consider your options with a software upgrade, new computer, or device.
Link Windows 8 Upgrade Advisor
- Keep using Windows XP until the computer doesn’t operate like it needs to.
- Switch to a Linux/GNU installation such as Ubuntu
- Get a new device: Laptop, desktop, Apple Macintosh, tablet/iPad, iPod, Smart Phone, Chrome book.
It is also important to note that many of the Windows computers out there now already have a newer version of Windows such as Vista, 7 or 8. So be sure to check that before upgrading.
See also Microsoft’s Press release