Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 Ending

Home business needs technology, from computers to tablets, smartphones, and related equipment like printers, scanners, and battery backups.  One of the most common operating systems still used by business is Windows XP.  The latest service pack or version is SP3, and Windows XP is often called XP SP3.

Microsoft is ending support for the Windows XP SP3 operating system and Office 2003.  According to Microsoft, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.


The end of support cycle means no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.  Most third party hardware and software vendors will stop releasing driver updates and add-on features at the same time.

If your home business has Windows XP  on desktop or laptop computers, you are strongly encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 as soon as possible.  The same is true for personal computers.  Not upgrading exposes your computer to security and compliance risks.  Hackers and Malware may easily gain access to these systems without current security.

It may be possible to upgrade your existing installation of Windows XP to Windows 7.  Microsoft provides a link to test for Windows 7 hardware requirements.

If your current hardware does not support an upgrade, you may have to purchase a new or used computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed.  Check with your local technician or with a local computer reseller.


By Dion D. Shaw



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