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On April 8, 2014, Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP (including XP Mode in Windows 7).

Microsoft and industry professionals are currently suggesting that for those who need to run Windows XP or XP Mode after April 8, 2014, they should disconnect the computer from the internet.



After April 8, 2014, technical support for Windows XP and Windows XP Mode will no longer be available, including updates that help protect your PC. This means that if you continue to use Windows XP or use Windows XP Mode on a Windows 7 PC after support ends, your PC might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Therefore, to keep your Windows 7 PC secure after April 8, 2014, we recommend that you only use Windows XP Mode if your PC is disconnected from the Internet. Learn more about Windows XP end of support.

Above text taken from one of Microsoft's support pages (


PC World also published an article on February 3, 2014, that offers this and other solutions:


Windows XP End of Life & eBahn

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