Microsoft Ceases Support for Windows XP on 8 April, Launches Two Free Tools to Help Consumers Migrate
Microsoft is discontinuing support for the Windows XP OS and Office 2003 on 8 April 2014. Also, there will no more customer technical service assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003, which means that you will no longer receive the updates that help safeguard your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
With less than a month to go before you're left without security patches and customer support, Microsoft has introduced two new free tools to help you migrate from Windows XP, as well as a detection software to help you find out (if you're unsure) what version of OS you may be using.
PCmover Express for Windows XP is a free Windows XP migration tool which copies a user's files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to provide you with this free tool. You can download it here.
Microsoft is launching AmIRunningXP.com, a site designed to automatically detect if a PC is running Windows XP or a newer version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If Windows XP is detected, the site provides links to more information on Windows XP end of support and guidance on how to upgrade to a modern OS.