By Bill Pytlovany
Still Relying on Windows XP
Our good friend Bill Pytlovany explains why those who continue to rely on Windows XP will be faced with new risks starting next April.–PC Pitstop
I’ll admit I’m a little surprised at how many copies of Windows XP are still loading when computers are turned on. According to my most recent blog statistics almost 25% of you are still depending on Windows XP.
I’m pleased to see XP users are still downloading WinPatrol because they may benefit more than anyone by its protection. This will especially be true next April when Microsoft drops security updates for Windows XP or now if you haven’t installed Service Pack 3.
The current official Microsoft warning is
“To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure that you’re running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). The support for Windows XP with Service Pack 3 ends April 8, 2014. If you’re running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) after support ends, to ensure that you will receive all important security updates for Windows, you need to upgrade to a later version, such as Windows 8.”
This end of security updates also applies to Office 2003. The Windows XP “end of support” date has already been extended more than once.
This post is excerpted with Bill’s permission from his blog
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