The clock ticks for Windows XP holdouts. Explore the key issues before making your next move.
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XP will still run, but you're on your own
Your PC won't implode, melt down, or otherwise cease to function after the April 8, 2014, deadline for Windows XP support. It'll continue to work, but will become increasingly vulnerable to security threats. Why? Because Microsoft won't be sending out any more automatic updates that protect Windows XP from the ever-evolving horde of malware and other risks. It won't provide free or paid assisted-support options, either. Those brave (or clueless) souls who continue to use Windows XP after April 8 will do so at their own risk. Furthermore, more apps and devices won't work with XP when software and hardware makers ditch the platform to focus on newer systems.