Windows XP Support

If you are still using the Windows XP operating system on a standalone device, please read on…

Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for 12 years, but from 8 April 2014, support and updates for Windows XP ended and they are no longer available.

As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP including automatic security patch updates to help protect your computer devices on the Windows XP operating system is no longer available.

Furthermore, your anti-virus software will not supply automated patches to protect the Windows XP operating system and as software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

If your devices no longer have the latest security updates, this means that computer devices running Windows XP will not be secure and will be at significant risk of infection.

What happens if I continue to use Windows XP?

If you continue to use Windows XP, your computer will still work but it is more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP device is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your computer device, and your local area network, to additional threats.

How do I stay protected?

To stay protected now that support has ended, you may:

Upgrade your computer device. However, very few older computers are likely to be able to run the latest version of Windows. Please contact the service to find out if your device meets the system requirements for the latest versions of Windows

Most likely, if your current PC can’t run the latest version of Windows, it will be time to consider shopping for a new device or safely disposing of the old device.