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Windows XP Updates

Important End-of-Life Notice Regarding Windows XP

Microsoft will stop support and security patching for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The international security community believes that Windows XP computers will be heavily targeted by organized crime and hackers as soon as Microsoft ends support. We strongly recommend that you migrate to a supported Windows platform, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, before the end of March 2014.

Microsoft periodically releases security patches for Windows operating systems. Downloading and installing these updates will help protect your computer from viruses and threats.

Installing Critical Updates

1. Open Internet Explorer » Go to windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

If a "Security Warning" or a prompt to install software appears, confirm it is from Microsoft, and then click "Yes."

2. Click the button titled Express.

Windows Update Express Install

3. Wait briefly while the site scans your computer to see what updates are needed.

4. At the next screen, click the Install Updates button.

5. Any needed high-priority updates will be downloaded and installed. If you are prompted to restart after the updates have been installed, do so.

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