Windows XP Support Set to Expire: Is April 8, 2014 the New Y2K?
Windows XP Support Set to Expire: Is April 8, 2014 the New Y2K?

Windows Experience’s (XP) “end of support” is fast approaching, and many people and businesses are being told to upgrade their operating system (OS) in fear that disaster will strike.

This security vulnerability could mean an up-tick in the amount of compromised Windows XP SP3 computers, and office 2003 software suite in the near future.

As reported by Technet, when updates are released they are usually done so across all Windows platforms, to address the problem globally, because one security patch can affect multiple operating system versions, or multiple application versions in the same way.

Attackers will usually backward engineer the security patch,  then look for computers, Windows XP in this case, that might have not received the patch as of yet, and strike.

Microsoft usually updates its products the second  Tuesday of every month, referred to as “Patch Tuesday,” so the last update for Windows XP could be March 11, 2014.

Microsoft will continue to provide updates for Microsoft Security Essentials, but you won’t be able to download the software onto a Windows XP computer as of April 4, 2014, as reported on the Microsoft website.  This support is only for the anti-malware signatures and only for a limited time.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free security application from Microsoft that protects you against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software as stated on the Microsoft Safety & Security Center website.

Viruses, malware, and the like, do not install themselves, they require some sort of user action to be installed on your computer. 

Some of the more common ways computers are compromised is by opening a link from a phishing email, opening attachments that have not been scanned, accepting things without reading the conditions carefully, and installing pirated software.

The problem for businesses is that many legacy applications just will not run on anything but Windows XP. So, they will need not just to update to a newer version of Windows, but also invest in having their legacy code updated, which can be a costly process.

In an interview with Computer Weekly, Garry Owen, senior product marketing manager at VMWare, recommends running your legacy application through a ThinApp, which wraps your Windows XP and legacy apps inside a single executable.

There are many similar products out there from other vendors as well, that will lock your Windows XP in a “sandbox” environment, effectively securing the Windows XP environment.

  • Michael678

    Try Linux Lite, Bodhi Linux, and other Linux distributions. Excellent security and no anti-virus software needed. They are also FREE.

    • Michael678

      You Tube has many tutorials on linux. I think the best You Tube channels are Puppy Linux World, Spatry Cup of linux, Sneeky linux, OSFirstTimer, Nixie Pixel, and quidsup. The Puppy Linux World channel has a series on Linux replacements for windows xp. Link below,

  • Granite Skyline

    MS has to deep-6 XP — it’s the only way they can get everyone to buy the craptacular Windows 8!

    • FDRliberal

      Good morning Granite. My biz partner hates the sucktacular Windows 8 with a passion, grinding his teeth figuring out how to do mundane stuff. I’m sticking with WIN 7.

× close