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Windows XP Support Ends


Despite its popularity, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security patches, no more automatic updates and no new support information.


Malware infection rates are more likely to rise according to research which suggests that Windows XP is far more likely to be infected by malware than Windows 8 and, although machines running XP after April will start and run as usual, the chances of infection could jump by two-thirds (based on malware infection rates in the two years after Windows XP Service Pack 2 went out of support).  Simply put, XP lacks the modern attack-prevention and mitigation capabilities built into newer versions of Windows.


Increased system downtime is another major risk of not migrating from XP to a newer version. Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products if they're running on Windows XP. The chances of attacks succeeding will be higher, and there will be limited options available to prevent repeat attacks. For the most part, users or system administrators will be on their own when it comes to solving problems. Though Microsoft could offer extended support however it may be expensive.

Support for Office 2003 products has also ended.

Office 2003 products will no longer receive the following:

Assisted support

Online content updates

Software updates from Microsoft Update

Security updates to help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.

Although you will still be able to start and run Office 2003 after this date, you may want to upgrade to a newer version of Office to get continuing support and updates.

Time saving is another key consideration. Generally computers running Windows XP will be older and slower than new machines. As the requirements of new software increase these old machines will take longer to operate causing users to waste increasing amounts of time waiting for the computer to carry out tasks. The time saved and reduced frustration could be good reasons to upgrade to a new computer, laptop or tablet device that will come loaded with a current operating system such as Windows 8.


An action plan is essential for those who cannot migrate immediately. They must prioritise quickly and make a decision on which temporary mitigation strategy best suits their needs until an upgrade is completed. The reality is that doing nothing is no longer an option.


Logiplex recommend that Windows XP users begin working on a migration strategy now to avoid being forced to react in a panic once the reality of unsupported software has already disrupted business operations or personal computing.

Why not call to discuss your options? Call in to the showroom, telephone 01989 769990, or visit www.logiplex.co.uk