Windows XP has been available and supported for the past 12 years. Although, the software may have served you well, the time has come to replace this product and possibly the hardware it is installed upon.
As of April 8, 2014, support for Windows XP will no longer be available, this includes windows updates that protect it from threats and ensures that the software continues to work amidst an ever changing computing and internet environment.
One of the key services that will stop is the protection offered for free by Microsoft Security Essentials. For a short time only after this date you will continue to receive antimalware and antivirus signatures. Beyond that limited period your XP installation will become ever more prone to infection as the product becomes increasingly out of date.
Your computer will not stop working beyond the April cut off, it will just become increasingly more vulnerable as no more service packs will be released or security updates etc.
Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. XP is already limited to running IE8 even though the latest internet browser version is V11, meaning that many websites already look bad or possibly don’t work on XP’s ageing browser.
What are your options, upgrade or replace? Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows. We suggest that, given the falling prices of computers over recent years, it would be more econominal to replace your PC. The sooner the better.