Solved Why does Windows XP keep updating?

September 2, 2013 at 00:46:29
Specs: Windows XP SP3
Support for Windows XP stopped in, what was it, 2009? And yet updates keep randomly downloading on my old XP computer... why is this?

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#1
September 2, 2013 at 01:26:37
You're probably thinking of windows 98. Seems like its support stopped around then. XP is supported til 2014:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...


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#2
September 2, 2013 at 01:41:16
I thought the extended XP support was only for corporate users? Which I am not.

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#3
September 2, 2013 at 02:03:35
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The end-of-support link doesn't exclude regular users so I assume it applies to all. I don't know how they'd differentiate between corporate and regular users anyway. And since you're still getting updates I guess the support is still there.

The last update I did was SP3 and I have automatic updates turned off so I haven't really paid attention to the end-of-support date.

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#4
September 2, 2013 at 02:48:30
Apparently they stopped selling XP in 2009 but support continues until April, 2014:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window...


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#5
September 2, 2013 at 07:27:24
DAVEINCAPS: I don't know how they'd differentiate between corporate and regular users anyway.
Normally you give them your support contract number when you open a support request.

Anyways, mainstream support ended a few years ago. Microsoft said they'd release security fixes until the end of extended support, 4/8/2014. WinXP is considered a business product, so mainstream support lasted for 10 years after release, and extended for 5 years after mainstream.

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#6
September 2, 2013 at 09:59:58
Security updates are still arriving at least monthly on my XP. This will be the case until April 2014. Here are some thoughts on how to improve your security after that:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...
See the link to part 2 (general suggestions) at the bottom of the page.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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