We've talked to Microsoft and it has confirmed that all existing security patches and updates for Windows XP will still be available after support officially ends.This means that after the 8th April 2014, you'll still be able to use Windows Update to download all existing security patches.XP has been around since 2001, which means that you've really had more than enough time to let it go. A number of businesses, not to mention governments, still rely on XP-based systems. There's also the fact that you're running a 13-year-old OS so you'd likely see better performance if you upgrade. The requirements for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are now: If you don't have this and you want to upgrade, then it's time for a new laptop or desktop.But if you want to give upgrades a shot, here's how to proceed.As you can see, then, Microsoft's decision to stop releasing updates for Windows XP is actually only one part of the security puzzle.This is good news, as it means it's still possible to defend your computer against threats, as we'll show you.
When you install XP from this disc, it's completely up-to-date with no need to visit Windows Update for anything.
Potentially, this means that hackers could target the new flaw, letting them infect a Windows XP machine.