The end of XP support: The complete guide for stayers and switchers

After months and years of warnings, Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on XP. Here's ZDNet's round-up of what happens next and why you should care.

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Time to wave goodbye to 'Bliss', the photo on millions of XP desktops. Image: Microsoft

It's finally here — the XP support cut-off date has arrived.

Trailed by Microsoft for months, support for the venerable operating system came to an end on 8 April, after more than a decade.

Despite its near-pensionable age, many users remain on the OS — according to Net Applications, around 44 percent of desktop Windows machines are still powered by XP.

So whether you're a recent switcher or an XP stalwart, here's our complete guide to the end of XP support.

Still on XP?

Ready to migrate?

Thinking of extending support?

Wondering what all the fuss is about?

What are the security implications for businesses?

Contemplating moving to Linux Mint?

What about ATMs and embedded systems?

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