Today is the last day of Microsoft security support for Windows XP—no more security updates will be released from now on. The security updates Microsoft released today for Windows XP are the company’s final efforts to protect the operating system.

A total of seven vulnerabilities were addressed in today’s updates, highlighting the fact that vulnerabilities can still be found in the 12-year-old operating system. Some analysts had argued that the almost all of Windows XP’s vulnerabilities had already been discovered in the operating system’s 12 year history.

Those continuing to use XP after today are at increased risk from viruses and other malware, and are advised to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Microsoft has offered Windows XP incentives to upgrade to Windows 8.1, the company’s latest operating system. However, not all Windows XP systems have adequate specifications to run Windows 8.1.

If you’re wondering whether you can upgrade your Windows XP computer to Windows 8.1, here are the minimum system requirements:
  • A 1 gigahertz (GHz) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) of RAM memory
  • 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) or hard disk space
  • A Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with a WDDM driver

To find out if your PC meets these specs, right-click on My Computer and click on Properties.