Windows XP End of Life Microsoft support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 ends April 8, 2014 Starting April 8, 2014: No new security updates No new non-security hotfixes No new technical content updates No new device drivers for hardware such as new printers, scanners; or interfaces No free or paid assisted support options are offered from Microsoft Why? Microsoft Support Policy for Windows XP and Office 2003 Microsoft provides 10 years of support for supported service pack levels 5 years Mainstream Support 5 years Extended Support What should I do? Upgrade to Windows 7. But … Is your computer powerful enough? Price $100 +/- and hard to find from retail vendors. Upgrade-in-place may not protect your installed programs and files. Multiple full backups are recommended before starting. Accessories may not be compatible. What should I do? Buy a new computer But … Need to reinstall programs and move files. Accessories and programs may not be compatible. Need to learn Windows 8. However … State of the art hardware. All components assured to work together. More power than you have now available for $300$500 from stores everywhere. Can I still use my XP computer. Yes, but … Do not use it online. No email. No browsing. No downloads. However use it for… Media editing platform. Media player. Game machine. File server.