08 April 2014 16:30 | By Matt Farrington Smith
Goodbye XP, hello 8.1

No more Windows XP support - upgrade to Windows 8.1 now

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Windows XP went on sale way back in 2001 and Microsoft has provided support for the popular operating system ever since. But that support ended on 8 April, with the software giant stating "the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences."

This means technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

So there's never been a better time to upgrade. And with Windows 8 you'll be getting a modern OS which is much more efficient for today's digital world.

Click on the image above to find out what's new with Windows 8.1

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