But it doesn't say anything about when Security Essentials updates will stop.
As I said in my post, I got one as recent as March 27, 2017, which is well past any of the dates mentioned for when support for XP would end.
That one day was generally great until someone – let’s call him John – called. After all, the ad promised to make his good old Celeron processor run like some top-notch i7. After reading a bunch of forums, it was clear that this was Microsoft’s blunder sometime back in June, 2013. In worst-case scenario, you might still have some trouble after applying this patch (Microsoft is working on another fix).
Guess what he does when security software screams: “Help, something is trying to switch me off! ” All those who thought he would disable anti-virus, were right. Online search results turned out that this PC was far from being alone with such problems. Some users had automatic updates turned off, and some had clean installs of Windows XP Service Pack 3. Insert Steve Ballmer’s evil smile and random ad for Windows 8.1 here. First, open Internet Explorer and verify its version by opening consuming about 50% CPU while searching for updates.
If you see an "Windows installer package" alert message, follow these steps to try to repair the software through the Windows Control Panel.
If the steps in these articles don't help you fix the issue, you might be able to find a solution through a search of the Microsoft support website.
Just enable Automatic Updates in Control Panel and sometime later a yellow shield icon will appear in Taskbar Notification Area (aka System Tray) and download updates quickly and silently.
All you have to do then is to click the notification (or the icon) that appears.
If you can’t install i Tunes on your Windows PC, or if you see “error 2” or "Apple Application Support was not found" after you install the software, follow the steps below in order.
If you see a different error when trying to launch i Tunes, learn how to fix unexpected quits or launch issues.
Microsoft itself ended support for Windows XP in 2014 and will end support for Windows Vista in 2017.
Unsupported operating systems receive no security updates, have known exploits, and can be dangerous to use, which makes it difficult to maintain Firefox on those versions.
Security updates will be released, but no new features.