Deadline for Windows XP support

August 24, 2001 will never be forgotten in the history of Microsoft. That was the day Windows XP was first released all over. Hailed as one of the most popular and successful version of Microsoft Windows, XP is all that and more.

High performance and speed computing ability, user-friendly features and attractive utilities all made XP the choice of all users. Adding more feather to its cap is the amazing Windows XP support. You can be sure of getting your way out of your system issues with XP help options. Let’s get to know more about Windows XP support.

Windows XP support: For whom?

Run into any trouble with XP and Windows XP support will lift you up. It promises to bring back that happy smile on your face by troubleshooting your issues efficiently. Since XP users grew in numbers, XP support stopped on September 30, 2004 and the Service Pack1 was introduced. It provided the latest security, stability, and performance updates released by Microsoft.

Eventually SP1a was released to meet the demands of troubleshooting. But Windows XP support for SP1 and SP1a saw its end on October 10, 2006.

Windows XP support for SP2

Next came SP2, with advanced and enhanced troubleshooting facilities. After six years of great success, Windows XP support for SP2 too was retired on July 13, 2010. This gave way to SP3, the current latest update.

It is believed that licensing and retail sales of Windows XP have stopped from June 30, 2008, seventeen months after Vista was released. As per the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy, XP and other OS were moved from Mainstream Support to the Extended Support phase on April 14, 2009. The bad news is that there is no free technical support or warranty claims for XP users now. All they can get is Windows XP support of security updates every month.

April 8, 2014, the day that many dread is not too far. That’s the end of all the Windows XP support from Microsoft. No more security updates or security-related fixes. Well, that might sound scary.

Nevertheless, many other companies and blogs (Here is a great one Windows 7 Support) will continue providing Windows XP support. So better get ready for the change and find a way out of your problems and issues.