How Windows XP end of support affects Endpoint Protection

Article:TECH204937  |  Created: 2013-04-10  |  Updated: 2014-12-10  |  Article URL
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Microsoft has formally announced that Windows XP will reach end of support on April 8th, 2014. This article explains how this affects customers running Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) running on Windows XP.


Symantec is committed to providing the best possible security for its customers. Even as Microsoft stops publishing new functionality and security updates for Windows XP in 2014, Symantec will continue to release 32-bit and 64-bit definition sets that are compatible across all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms supported by the product.

Current releases of SEP 11 and SEP 12.1 are Windows XP-compatible, and continued maintenance and feature releases in the foreseeable future are planned to include support for Windows XP.

While we encourage our customers to follow best practice security procedures and update their systems to more secure operating systems when possible, Symantec will continue to release antivirus definitions and product updates compatible with Windows XP for the current product cycle.

Depending on security demands and development, future versions of SEP may drop support for retired operating systems. As always, we will provide explicit system requirements in the documentation for every product update we release.

As more substantial information on Symantec's support for SEP on Windows XP develops, this article will be updated accordingly.

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