The Retirement of Windows XP

After over 12 years in service the operating system Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft from 8 April 2014.

IT Services upgraded all teaching and cluster PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7 in 2011 and recently completed an upgrade of all staff PCs. If you are still using Windows XP you should contact IT Services in order to have your PC upgraded.

How to check which Windows version you are using

If you’re not sure whether you’re using Windows XP or not, you can check by following these instructions:

  • Click the Start Button
  • If there is no search box at the bottom of the list, select Run
  • In the search box on screen type: winver
  • Press Enter or Click OK
  • A dialogue box will appear stating which version of Windows you are using


XP was first released publicly in October 2001, the first consumer-oriented OS built on NT. Its replacement, Windows Vista, was released in 2007 but Windows XP remained popular until the release of Windows 7 in 2009. The longevity of Windows XP is partly due to the release of Service Packs (upgrades containing bug fixes and enhancements) in 2002, 2004 and 2008.

Windows XP logo

Microsoft have issued the following statement about the withdrawal of XP support:

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

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2 comments on “The Retirement of Windows XP
  1. valerie hey says:

    Given the retirement of XP and this is the status of my ancient and very slow home computer – how might I go about ordering a sussex support compatible computer ..I am considering a Macbook Air 15 inch screen which is about 1k on your costings ..could you advise me as to how I advance this please – do I get an educational discount and service supportwith this?

    many thanks

  2. Chris Limb says:


    If you go to the ITS page Buying a Mac at:

    there are a couple of links at the top of the page that will enable you to login to the Apple Store for Higher Education which will show you the prices with educational discount already applied.

    IT Services don’t provide technical support for personally owned computers but can offer advice and assistance when it comes to using them with Sussex systems (such as wi-fi) and can also provide information about using Sussex supported software.

    I do hope this is useful.

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