On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support for Windows XP Operating System (OS). This means Windows XP is being officially phased out and you will be required to upgrade to a newer OS version to receive security updates and stay compliant. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer be able to receive the monthly critical security updates or general patches to fix functional or security issues. Your PC can be vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software without these crucial updates.