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'End of Windows XP Support' Popup Messages

Outline
Popup messages appearing on the screens of some Windows users warn that Microsoft will soon be ending support for its Windows XP operating system. Some users have expressed concern that the warning messages may be malicious.

Windows XP End Of Support


Brief Analysis
The claims in the warnings are true and they are in no way malicious. Microsoft is indeed ending support for Windows XP, just as it has done for earlier operating systems. Come April 8 2014, security updates or technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available.

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Windows XP end of support

Detailed Analysis


Some Windows XP users have raised concerns about a popup window that appears on their computer screens claiming that support for Windows XP will end soon. The popup messages state that Windows XP end of support will be on April 8, 2014 and invite users to click a link to access more information about the change. The sudden appearance of the popups has caused some users to suspect that they may be malicious or lead to phishing or malware websites.

However, the messages are legitimate and point to a genuine Microsoft resource. Microsoft is indeed ending support for Windows XP on April 8. After that date, security updates or technical support for the operating system will no longer be available.
 
In an article about the issue on the Windows website, Microsoft notes:

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

Of course, Windows XP will continue to work after the end date, but computers using it may become more vulnerable to security risks because no more security updates or fixes will be made available.

If you are still using Windows XP, it would be wise to consider upgrading your operating system or computer as soon as possible.

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Last updated: March 11, 2014
First published: March 11, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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