Posted on April 7, 2014 · Posted in News

Windows XP. End of Support Notification

Microsoft officially ends to support OS Windows XP on April 8, 2014. It means that the company will no longer release drivers, bug fixes and security updates for the system (including those that were released within traditional Patch Tuesday) from then on; the system will stop developing and remain as it is forever.

It doesn’t mean that Windows XP will stop working after that date, but the lack of support increases the risk of virus infection, hacker attacks, and other security risks. However, taking into account the platform popularity Microsoft promises to update antivirus programs and bases for XP until mid- 2015.

windows xp end of support 8th april 2014

The Windows XP End of Support Notification (KB2934207)

The Windows XP end of support notification has been popping up on all computers running Windows XP since March 8 to inform all XP users that they work in the out-of-date operation system .The text is as follows:

Windows XP End of Support is on April 8th, 2014. Click Here to learn more.

Windows-XP-End of Support popup notification in Windows XP

The notification includes a link to the Microsoft website informing that OS Windows XP is out of date and unsafe. The site also suggests migrating to a more modern Microsoft operation system (Of course Windows 8).

For the first time, Windows XP users came across this notification on their computers on March 8, and it is going to appear regularly on the 8th of every month. Users can disable the notification checking the “Don’t show this message again” option.

The warning message will pop up on all computers running Windows XP that automatically receive updates via Windows Update and install them. The notification will begin to appear after KB2934207 update (the Windows XP End of Support Notification) installation.

The KB2934207 update was released on March 5, and in Windows Update it looks like that:

The Windows XP End of Support Notification (KB2934207)

Size: 504 kB.

This update is intended to notify customers of Windows XP End of Support date, April 8th 2014

KB2934207 Windows XP EOS

A new executive file C:\Windows\System32\xp_eos.exe appears in the system after the installation of KB2934207 (Windows XP EoS) update. The end of support notification pops up after running the file.

How to Remove the Windows XP End of Support Notification

You can uninstall the update with the end of support notification from the command line as follows:

C:\WINDOWS\$NtUninstallKB2934207$\spuninst\spuninst.exe" /quiet /norestart

Also, you can disable the Microsoft Windows XP End of Service Notification component in Windows Component Wizard.

windows XP component wizard

Block Popping Up “Windows XP End of Support” Notification

If you want to block the popping up notification on Windows XP computers receiving updates from a  corporate (backend) WSUS / SCCM server, you should not approve installation for the KB2934207 update.

If the Windows XP EoS update has already been installed in the system, you can disable through the registry:

To do it, create a REG_DWORD type key with the name DisableEOSNotification and value “1” in the registry branch  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.

DisableEOSNotification through the registry

You can create the DisableEOSNotification key and set the desired value from the command line:

reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion /v DisableEOSNotification /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Block Windows XP End of Support Notification Using Group Policy

To block Windows XP End of Support window on multiple computers simultaneously, you should better use Group Policy. You can either create an appropriate startup script (Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Scripts (Startup/Shudown) -> Startup) containing the command from the previous section or take advantage of Group Policy Preferences (to use it, KB943729 update for GPP functioning on XP computers should be installed on all machines running XP.)

To do it, in the Computer Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Registry create a new element (New -> Registry Item) with the following parameters:

Action: UpdateHive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key Path: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion

ValueName: DisableEOSNotification

Value Data: 1

DisableEOSNotification Group Policy

Now you only have to distribute the policy to computers running XP. An appropriate WMI filter can be added to the policy in order to apply it only to Windows XP computers.

Information. According to the NetMarketShare data, Windows XP is still the second most popular operation system in the Windows Family in the world with 28.5% (Windows 7 is in the first place with 47.3%, Windows 8/ 8.1 is in the third place with 10.8 %.)

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