Microsoft is making it harder and harder to keep Window XP systems running. The amount of updates which need to be downloaded and installed in the final version means the time for a reinstall now runs into three days. Actually downloading the updates is also and more difficult as more and more web resources refuse to allow a connection from computer running XP.
This is a sad situation when XP has performed solidly for many years and some users don’t actually need to connect to the Internet for things like word processing or working on spreadsheets. However we do have to accept that the hardware naturally comes to the end of it’s life so it’s probably wise to go through the upgrade process at a time to suit you rather than wait for a breakdown which invariably happens at the most inconvenient time.
|Operating System||End of life||Office software||End of life|
|Windows XP||8 April 2014||Office 2003||8 April 2014|
|Windows Vista||11 April 2017||Office 2007||10 October 2017|
|Windows 7||14 January 2020||Office 2010||14 January 2020|
|Windows 8||10 January 2023||Office 2013||11 April 2023|
|Windows 10||14 October 2025||Office 2016||14 October 2025|