You'll still be able to install old security updates, but no new patches will be released This sounds bad, but before you get too worried about Microsoft no longer providing patches, it's important to understand the other threats to your computer.
First, other software may have flaws in it, which allows an attacker to infect your computer.
This means that after the 8th April 2014, you'll still be able to use Windows Update to download all existing security patches.
This is important, as if you re-install Windows XP, you should still apply all of the existing patches in order to make the base operating system as secure as it should be.
Many security flaws uncovered in Windows Vista, 7 and 8 may also apply to Windows XP, with hackers potentially able to use Microsoft's own security updates to find new ways of exploiting the ageing operating system.
Only Windows 7, with around 47 per cent of the market, sits above Windows XP, with the much maligned Windows 8 taking just shy of seven per cent of the OS cake.
We've talked to Microsoft and it has confirmed that all existing security patches and updates for Windows XP will still be available after support officially ends.
Despite having the clunkiest name ever, this special OS is based on XP and designed for use in industrial systems, such as ATMs and cash tills.
The upshot is that Microsoft is still releasing updates for this OS, and they'll work on the home version, too.
In this regard, whether or not Microsoft has released new updates for Windows XP or not makes no difference to your security.
As you can see, then, Microsoft's decision to stop releasing updates for Windows XP is actually only one part of the security puzzle.