Windows XP support end of life: Ultimate guide

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Windows XP was and still is a good operating system. But, at 13 years old, it's well passed pensionable age by tech standards and the time has come for retirement. Today (8 April) is the day Microsoft ceases extended support for Windows XP.

However, OS retirement is not an easy process. And with many organisations - particularly those in the financial and public sectors - still heavily reliant on Windows XP to power their business operations, there is fear, uncertainty and doubt about how to move forward.

Some firms have a migration strategy in place, others are working towards that goal. Others may be frozen in panic. There are real security fears in place now that support has been pulled.

We've rounded up all of our Windows XP content hereand provided a list of some key articles below you may find relevant as your business decides what to do next. Or indeed, wonders, what other businesses are doing about the problem child XP is likely to become.

As always, we value your feedback and comments so get in touch either by email or using the comments functionality below the article.

Security matters

ICO warns businesses of Windows XP deadline

Staying secure upon the death of Windows XP

The Windows XP Zombie Apocalypse

Windows XP support for Security Essentials extended to July 2015

Windows XP users risk "car crash" scenario by sticking with old OS

Where next?

BYOD hailed as answer to enterprise Windows XP upgrade woes

Dell looking to capture migrating Windows XP users

Government strikes last minute deal over extended Windows XP support

Microsoft steps up Windows XP upgrade efforts as support deadline looms

VMware and Google offer enterprise Windows XP upgrade lifeline

Windows 7 and your business

Windows 7 vs Windows 8.1: Which is best for you?

Windows 8 adoption remains sluggish

Windows 8 tips and tricks: Ways to increase productivity

Windows XP upgrade boost business PC market


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