Windows Update is supposed to check to see what drivers are currently installed on your system and then compare that list against what’s available.
Question: If Windows XP support has stopped, why am I still getting updates?
Despite Microsoft's best efforts to convince everyone to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, Windows XP is still running on nearly 28% of all computers connected to the Internet. If you have to continue using Windows XP, make sure your web browser is at least being updated.
Microsoft Security Essentials is free, but other security options are available — including suites from Kaspersky and others.
federal agencies) will continue to use XP — and UK and Dutch governments are even Microsoft to continue support, but everyone else is out of luck. The company has agreed to provide anti-malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.
With 30% market share, Microsoft knows it can't just cut support completely.
If you're still using XP, you're probably using IE 8 — which is more than two versions old. Mozilla and Google have committed to supporting XP for at least another year.
If you're still using Windows XP, it's probably for one of three reasons: Again, unless you happen to be a government institution that still uses XP for a very specific reason, you need to STOP USING WINDOWS XP. It's not just that the operating system is old and that there are security issues. Because XP is so old — and popular — its flaws are better known than most operating systems.
That means that unless you are a major government, no further security updates or patches will be available for the operating system. We've created a checklist: The final "patch Tuesday" (Microsoft's term for security updates) for Windows XP was issued on April 8, 2014. An out-of-date security app is basically like not having any security at all.I'm wondering if other people are experiencing the same thing. It just wants to update it's virus signature database. But ALWAYS, ALWAYS check to see whose - and what - updates are being presented to me to be download to my computer, rather than letting them "automatically" install themselves...!!!I scan my computer regularly with Avast "free" which seems to be doing a good job for about the last 5 years. The one exception to that rule is that my own, personal, anti-virus/anti-malware program, (Avast Free), which does it's virus signature file updates automatically.However, there are times when it rears its ugly head and demands attention. It pushes them out after I approve them and then installs them late at night, usually with an automatic reboot when completed.In our company we run WSUS - Windows Server Update Services - to keep all our Windows desktops updated. I have trained my users over the years to ALWAYS leave their computers on to accommodate the patch process, the weekly AV scans and so that I can get into their workstations any time I need to work on them in the evening. Microsoft likes WSUS because it cuts down on the number of users hitting the Windows Update site. Microsoft has been slowly moving everyone over to Microsoft Update instead of Windows Update.Microsoft Windows is the most widely used desktop operating system in the world. For many of us, supporting it is how we make our living.