“In the past 12 years , Microsoft has been providing support services to Windows XP. But now , to our hardware and software suppliers and us, it is time to shift our resources to support the latest technology so that we can continue to provide users with more excellent new experience.

Thus, after April 8, 2014 , we no longer offer Windows XP technical support, including helping protect your computer automatically updated. After this date, Microsoft will stop providing services to download Microsoft Security Essentials Windows XP. ( If you have already installed Microsoft Security Essentials, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates a limited period of time , but that does not mean that your computer is safe and reliable , because Microsoft will no longer provide security to protect your computer updated. )

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, then your computer may still work, but it may be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. In addition, because more software and hardware manufacturers will improve their products more compatible with the latest version of Windows, therefore, a large number of applications and devices will not work in Windows XP. ”—Based on Microsoft

Are you still running a Windows XP system on your computer? If so, you will have to upgrade your XP system to Windows 7 or 8 or simply purchase a new computer.

Things you can do after the XP support stops

1. Update your system to Windows 8.1
Few Windows XP computers can upgrade the system to Windows 8.1. To help users who want to perform the update, Microsoft has provided a step-by-step guide for migrating from Windows XP to its latest operating system, Windows 8.1 to help them get started with their new operating system.

2. Get a new PC
The easiest way to Windows 8.1 is to get a new PC. With the new hardware and software, you will get totally different experience. Stay up to date on the latest offers on Windows PCs and tablets via the Windows Buying Guide and learn how to choose a new PC.

3. Transfer your files
When you get a new device, you may need to access to your photos or other files which contain memories. To do so, there are two simple ways, using Cloud storage or external hard drive to transfer files.

4. Get to know Windows 8.1
After the files are transferred to the new PC, you can now start to explore the Windows 8.1. With the help of the video guide in Microsoft site, you will be easily get familiar to the latest system.

Tips for Windows 8
When you lost the password of Windows 8, you can use this Windows Password Unlocker to reset Windows 8 password easily.