Windows XP Shutdown: 10 Facts to Know

Jeff Bertolucci over at has a slideshow on the 10 things you need to know about the Windows XP shutdown.  Here is the list:

  1. XP will still run, but you’re on your own
  2. Can your hardware handle windows 8.1?
  3. Upgrading won’t be easy
  4. Take the Windows 7 upgrade path
  5. Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 get kicked to the curb, too
  6. Sayonara, Security Essentials for XP
  7. Windows XP Mode In Windows 7
  8. Troubleshoot bad apps
  9. Make room for upgrades
  10. Help for smakker guys

Full information on each point is available here.

Microsoft Security Essentials Is Going Away

Microsoft secutiry Essentials for XP is going away with Windows XP support.  It has been available for Windows XP, VIsta, and 7, but Windows 8.1 has its own security built in.  If you already have it installed, you will continue to receive updates, but only until July 2015.  That is little security for XP users as there will be no Windows security updates after April 8th, so security will be a big issue.

Microsoft: Windows XP Infection Rate May Jump 66% After Patches End In April

by Gregg Keizer @

Microsoft yesterday again put the scare into Windows XP users, telling them that after April 8, 2014, the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.

The claim, made by Tim Rains, director of Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, came on the heels of the release of the company’s twice-annual Security Intelligence Report (download PDF).

Following up on comments he made in August, Rains again warned Windows XP stragglers to expect an increase in attacks when the aged operating system exits support in five months.

“After end of support, attackers will have an advantage over defenders who continue to run Windows XP,” Rains asserted in a Tuesday post to a company blog. “After April next year, when we release monthly security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will try and reverse engineer them to identify any vulnerabilities that also exist in Windows XP. If they succeed, attackers will have the capability to develop exploit code to take advantage of them.”

Full post.