Consider this a Public Safety announcement to my friends and readers that see this today.
Tomorrow is the big day. Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP unless you are the US or UK government or some other organization that pays for extended support. This may change, but better to be safe than sorry.
Today I went in and checked and there was an update for my Windows 7 computer, a new definition for my anti-virus program. Since I use Microsoft Security Essentials, which is built in to Windows 8 and 8.1 and available for download on Windows 7 like me, and Windows Vista - and TODAY ONLY on Windows XP, it was there.
In fact I did a "double windows update" just to be sure and there was a second definition update for Microsoft Windows Essentials. So I installed it.
You people still running Windows XP will may not be able to get it tomorrow, even though Microsoft says that they will provide updates for a "limited time" for XP.
The rest of us are fine.
Why the rush? I'm saying "Better Safe Than Sorry". You just don't know what happens when someone does something major. The whole Year 2000 bug was one of those things. It wasn't a major problem because so many people worked so many hours to make sure it would be nothing.
With Windows, you hit the start button and look for the Windows Update link on your start menu.
It is also in your Control Panel, if you can't find it on the start menu. Windows 8 and 8.1 will have to go into their start page and find control panel themselves. It will drop you onto the old school Desktop and then launch Control Panel.
Very sloppy, Microsoft. Very Schizophrenic design. You could have done better. Try again.
Oh wait, you just announced that you did. You're bringing the start menu back. Good boy, now go sit back at your desk and give me that nasty Dunce Cap.
Really... tsk tsk tsk.
I suspect that basically they're throwing a bone to people and saying that they will make their new Windows 8.1 work like their older windows simply because so many people disliked Windows 8 and 8.1. As of this weekend more people were still running Windows XP than there were running Windows 8 and 8.1 together. Windows 7 has the largest market share.
Now, if we could only convince them to make Internet Explorer go away - or at least be faster. I swear sometimes it takes a minute just to repaint the page that I had up on it when I clicked Minimize let alone go for the next link and I have an i7 computer.