Windows XP was a hugely successful operating. Unfortunately, it's 12 years old.This is the End of Windows XP. The self-service Microsoft Support site will still be available for Windows XP, but there will be no more free, or paid, support for the product. No more security-based updates or bug fixes, no more service packs. You can continue to use Windows XP as long as you'd like but you'll probably find that newer software will be less and less likely to work properly. As many software makers have already done over the past several years, most or all will stop making sure that their product works with Windows XP. You will also find yourself vulnerable to many viruses and malware or worms.
When did Windows XP Support End?
Support (security patches, bug fixes, etc.) ended on April 8, 2014.
What Are My Options?
You also run the risk of being open to Windows security vulnerabilities that are discovered in the future.
Assuming your computer hardware meets minimum requirements, upgrade to a newer version of Windows. Windows 7 or Windows 8 makes the most sense.
Windows 7 system requirements
If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what it takes:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
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