Microsoft XP Pro End of Life
Your system may be affected.
Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for the XP Professional, service pack 3, operating system as of April 8th, 2014 and will no longer be issuing security patches for the OS. The merchant agreement you signed with your credit card processor requires you to be PCI compliant. Systems with machines running windows XP Pro after the end of life date mentioned above will be out of the scope of PCI compliance until upgraded.Future software upgrades may also require that you upgrade your OS.
We are committed to your success. In keeping with this commitment, we highly recommend that you upgrade your back office PC & workstation OS, or purchase a new PC as soon as possible if you are running Microsoft XP Pro SP3. If you do not upgrade, your system will be out of the scope of PCI compliance, exposing you to a possible breach causing significant financial losses.
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How do I know if I have Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3?
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.