Regarding the demise of XP

A simple binary (yes/no) question .....

If I try to update XP next week/month/year,
will it work with updates up to the 8th of April ....
or will it simply not work?
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerAsked:
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Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Here is the link I mentioned above of all updates that were released after SP3.

So download SP1, 2 & 3 if necessary or create a slipstreamed XP Install CD.

Then download and save the updates:
Adam LeinssSenior Desktop EngineerCommented:
Yes, it will pull all updates up until April 8th
Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
XP will continue to work. As time goes by and the browser gets more out of date, IE 8 will probably not work as well and I'd expect it to stop displaying some sites that require a newer browser.

The O/S will continue to operate, but over time I expect it will be impacted as time goes by because it will not have downloads available from Microsoft to keep it up to date with the normal updates we have been receiving a d will continue to receive with newer O/S's.

It may be time to consider a newer O/S.  Only you can make that decision.

Hope this helps!
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
XP is working well as virtual machines on my computer.  As others have noted, it will continue to update.

But why keep it?  It is long dead and with Windows 7 working well, two versions of Windows 8 (8 and 8.1) out and Windows 8.1 Update 1 due this week, why not move on?

I still have Windows 95 running well so there is no danger XP will quit. But it is time to move.
Seth SimmonsConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
not a simple yes or no since your question has multiple parts

If I try to update XP next week/month/year

next week - yes
next month - likely yes
next year - depends if windows update will still be available for XP at that time

will it work with updates up to the 8th of April

yes as long as microsoft has windows update available it will have everything through april 8
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
XP, itself, will continue to work. Microsoft is not going to send a "kill" command out to it or anything, but it will be unsupported by Microsoft. That means critical security updates and fixes will no longer be provided. This could possibly keep open many security holes in the legacy operating system. I have an XP VM for backwards compatibility (and to test solutions for answering questions), but for purposes other than testing, XP is done. That also includes MS Office 2003 as well.
Michael-BestConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, XP will continue to work.
As long as you have an updated antivirus with a firewall, then XP will remain a good and safe OS.
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
From ...
Yes, all existing Windows XP updates and fixes will still be available via Windows Update and WSUS.
But you should note that when Microsoft ended support for Windows 2000, the Windows Update site said nothing was available.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Now 500 Points

I know XP will continue to work forever (just the same as Windows 3.1 does)

So am I safe leaving updating a few customer machines until next week or must they be done immediately?
Tony GiangrecoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's probably best to update then as soon as possible.  I have not seen any confirmation that Microsoft will allow us to download the updates forever. I did see a posting last week where you could download all updates to a folder for long term storage. This is probably the best way to address possible future clean installs of XP that you/we may need to do in the future.

I'll post that link in a while for you.
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I updated Windows 2000 for some time after support quit. Same for Windows 98. So I think you are safe to leave it to next week.

Microsoft know there are tons of XP machines around for a variety of reasons, so they are not silly enough to pull the plug tomorrow.

You should be ok.
Jason WatkinsConnect With a Mentor IT Project LeaderCommented:
I think you'll be safe to leave it until next week. However, I would still make it a priority to upgrade any and all remaining XP clients.
EirmanChief Operations ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone

As long as customers have XP,  I'll have to have it (besides I need it for winfax Pro)
Every alternate version of windows is either great or a (partial) flop.

Win 3.0 - Flop
Win 3.1 - Great
Win 95 - Flop
Win 98 - Great
2000 - Flop
XP - Great
Vista - Flop
Win 7 - Great
Win 8 - Flop
Win 9 - Will probable be great and will show up Win 8 as a flop
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Glad I could help!
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
For what it's worth, today, April 8, 2014, Microsoft released one more (last?) set of security updates for Windows XP.  Get them while they're Hot!!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@mustish1 - Thank you and I was happy to help you with this.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I did update my two Windows XP Virtual Machines today and all worked as I expected it would. I will try Windows XP updates later this week to see if the updater works.

Here is what does not work. Microsoft Security Essentials on XP now will not update at all now.

If you have a real XP machine, make sure you get good virus protection that is still working
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