Please note that support for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 on Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. To stay protected, please upgrade your PC today. Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came 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, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. What happens if I continue to use Windows XP and this version of Internet Explorer? As of April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 is no longer available, including automatic updates and security patches that help protect your PC. If you continue to use Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 now that support has ended, 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 more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. How do I stay protected? To stay protected now that support has ended, you have two options: Upgrade your current PC Very few older computers are able to run Windows 8. We recommend that you download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8 and then upgrade if your PC is able. Get a new PC If your current PC can't run Windows 8. Be sure to explore our great selection of new PCs. They're more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before—and at a fraction of the cost of the average PC 12 years ago.