Activations will still be required for retail installations of Windows XP after this date as well.
Microsoft Security Essentials will not be available for download on Windows XP after 8 April 2014.
If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates until 14 July 2015.
However, please note that PCs running Windows XP after 8 April 2014 should not be considered protected.
While customers may continue to use System Centre, Microsoft Intune, and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to manage and deploy Windows XP beyond 8 April 2014, those products will no longer support Windows XP, and any technical issues which may arise will not be addressed.
The notification will be sent to users of Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update.
On a clean install the first thing that update does is download the Windows Updater S/W so it can figure out what you need. Kicked me out to a page that said nothing specific about why it didn't work and gave me some links to try to fix the problem.
Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system.Users in organisations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Centre Configuration Manager, or Microsoft Intune will not receive the Windows XP end of support notification.Had a crash on a legacy PC ruinning Win XP, the backup/restore S/W failed. Installed a virgin Win XP Pro, SP3 (32 bit) on a new blank HD. Learn more Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates.For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. Neither of those solved the Windows Updater download problem.