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Windows XP

Windows XP is a version of the Windows desktop operating system for the PC. 

Windows XP, which is built on the Windows 2000 kernel, brought a more personalized look to the desktop that made it easier for end users to scan or import images, acquire music files on the Web and transfer them to portable devices. 

Windows XP, which is available in Professional version and a Home Edition version, will no longer be supported by Microsoft after April 8, 2014.  Although PCs can continue to run Windows XP after that date, they may become more vulnerable to viruses and other security risks.

Microsoft recommends that their customers should consider purchasing a new computer if their old computer running XP is not capable of upgrading to Windows 8.1.

Ryan Argall explains how to prepare for Windows XP end of life (EOL).

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