If you are currently using Windows XP today, make sure that you are running Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) so that you can receive all the latest updates that are available.
Note: There's no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack. To find out what version you're running, see Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?
Also note that support for Windows XP ends April 8, 2014. If you are running Windows XP after support ends, to ensure that you will continue to receive all important security updates for Windows you will need to upgrade to a later version such as Windows 8.
For more information, see Support is ending for some versions of Windows.
To help you prepare for the pending EOL of Windows XP, we put together a few links that should help as you move to a newer version.
- A Year From Now Support for Windows XP Ends, Now What? (http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/business/archive/2013/04/08/a-year-from-now-support-for-windows-xp-ends-now-what.aspx)
- Announcement: The ADK for Windows 8.1 has been updated: (http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/10/23/announcement-the-adk-for-windows-8-1-has-been-updated.aspx)
- Deploying Windows 8 with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/01/29/deploying-windows-8-with-system-center-2012-configuration-manager-service-pack-1.aspx
- How to migrate user data from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager : http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2013/09/12/how-to-migrate-user-data-from-win-xp-to-win-8-1-with-system-center-2012-r2-configmgr.aspx
Additional online information and resources are available by visiting the Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 end of support site.
J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division
System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm
The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/