Windows XP End of Life (EOL) is fast approaching. Are you ready?

Windows XP End of Life (EOL) is fast approaching. Are you ready?

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ImportantImportant notice for users of Windows XP:

If you are currently using Windows XP today, make sure that you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) so that you can receive all the latest updates that are available.

Note: There's no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack. To find out what version you're running, see Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?

Also note that support for Windows XP ends April 8, 2014. If you are running Windows XP after support ends, to ensure that you will continue to receive all important security updates for Windows you will need to upgrade to a later version such as Windows 8.

For more information, see Support is ending for some versions of Windows.

To help you prepare for the pending EOL of Windows XP, we put together a few links that should help as you move to a newer version.

- A Year From Now Support for Windows XP Ends, Now What? (http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/04/08/a-year-from-now-support-for-windows-xp-ends-now-what.aspx)

- KB828287 - Unsupported Sysprep Scenarios (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828287)

- Announcement: The ADK for Windows 8.1 has been updated: (http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/10/23/announcement-the-adk-for-windows-8-1-has-been-updated.aspx)

- KB2018593 - When using USMT 4 in a Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 OSD Task Sequence, files are captured successfully but settings are not (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2018593)

- Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/01/29/deploying-windows-8-with-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-service-pack-1.aspx

- How to migrate user data from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager : http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/09/12/how-to-migrate-user-data-from-win-xp-to-win-8-1-with-system-center-2012-r2-configmgr.aspx

Additional online information and resources are available by visiting the Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 end of support site.

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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  • Windows XP is the most popular release. Migration must be made before EOL - a complex task even today for legacy applications, devices and drivers.

  • Fine for us but I don't think most of the consumers know that XP is dying in 5 months. Haven't seen any publicity on this from Microsoft. If Microsoft publicized it now, some would buy new systems [in time for the holiday season] which adds revenue for Microsoft.

  • Anybody heard of Embedded POSREADY 2009. If you haven't, check it out.

  • I didn't even know xp was going out till today… you will be missed xp :(

  • The only way to keep clean your computer is to Sanitize the HD and install the Windows. No firewall or windows updates can protect your computer from INTRUDERS. Many web sites dictate you to turn on Cookies, (to open the back door for them).  So do not keep anything in your computer. Use a TEMP folder and transfer anything you download, or create to a memory stick, or for sensitive things use a 16GB class 10 micro SD card. Frequently wipe out the hard drive with Dban Boot and Nuke. Three passes on a 250GB HD is completed in 3 hours. Make sure to put a fan under you computer because the cleaning is completed under the DOS, and computer overheats and shut down in the middle of the process. Before formatting the HD make sure there are no problems with the HD sectors. Run from Command COM CHKDSK then CHKDSK /F and after CHKDSK /R before formatting with Boot and Nuke. Finally reinstall windows, or the cloning of your HD with drivers and most important utility programs. I use two identical laptops with windows XP, can swap the HD and have the disk with factory program to rewrite the sectors of HD and Flash the BIOS. This 2 laptops are exposed in more insecure web sites where a can get most information from unsecured sites. With another laptop with windows 7 I take less risks and the other with windows 8 is used for skype, and fun.

  • XP was & still base in India for computer tech., but life desire evolution & it is good to change, flow is the name of purity....

  • I Installed is not hacking now!

    I Need to Faster

    Yooki