Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your calendars

Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your calendars

Summary: Microsoft is sounding the support warning bell a few months early for customers who are running Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2, Vista (with no service packs applied) and Windows 2000.

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Microsoft is sounding the support warning bell a few months early for customers who are running Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2, Vista (with no service packs applied) and Windows 2000.

On April 13, 2010, Windows Vista with no service packs installed will reach the end of support. End of support means there will be no more security updates for this version, though customers who are on SP1 or SP2 will continue to receive security updates and support.

On July 13, 2010, Windows XP SP2 and all versions of Windows 2000 also will reach the end-of-support milestone. In addition, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows Server 2000 and moving Windows Server 2003 from the Mainstream Support phase to the Extended Support phase. (Extended means security updates remain free, but all other support is paid.)

More information on the XP SP2 and Vista support deadlines is available on the TechNet site. More on the end-of-support plans for Windows 2000 and Server 2003 is available here.

Speaking of upcoming deadlines, next week is March 1. That means those users still running the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 7 will start experiencing bi-hourly shutdowns as a reminder that they need to take some action before June 1, when the RC will be phased out completely.

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows

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  • Why

    Why would anybody be running vista with no service packs????????
    If there are people out there doing this they deserve to have a horrible
    experience. Or may be MS should have released a good OS on the first place.
    blackhawk556
    • It is not that there are people running without

      SP 1 or 2, it just means that MSFT isn't going to support machines without the SP's installed.
      Snooki_smoosh_smoosh
    • Extortion

      That how you force people to buy your OS.

      It's all about money.
      yobtaf
  • RE: Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your calendars

    Okay it?s time to use Linux! Bye bye Microsoft I will not let you got $ on my piggy bank...
    arisroyo
  • HOW can.....

    Microsoft END support for an OS "VISTA" before it ends the cycle of XP.

    I have NO problems with VISTA (32 and 643bit) on 115 systems.

    WIN7 I/WE WILL NOT go there MS has discountinued the "CLASSIC" option.
    carlsf@...
    • Classic start menu available

      Put the Classic Start menu in Windows 7 with Classic Shell

      http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=2033&tag=nl.e064
      marg99
      • Classic start menu available (working URL)

        http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/window-on-windows/?p=2033&tag=content;leftCol
        marg99
    • Re: HOW can.....

      I believe MS determines the end of support on an OS based on service pack releases. XP SP3 I think was released after Vista RTM. So, XP SP3 would still be supported, while Vista RTM is not. Vista SP1 and SP2 *ARE* still supported.
      dubdays
  • Why buy a new machine?

    My 4-10 year old machines run Windows 7 only in their dreams. They are upgrading to Linux. Too bad we don't get a choice on new ones.
    vandamme
  • Microsoft is wrong!!!

    Fine! Microsoft will face 1+ billion dollars damaged fined when drop support on Windows XP!

    People should set up to go to court and fill huge massive complaint to federal.

    Federal will have to sue Microsoft for break laws and ruin our feelings! That is Microsoft fault!!!

    That is BS!!!


    Please protect Windows XP at all cost! Protect Windows XP now!!!!! I going be so angry at Microsoft!

    People can't afford Windows 7! STOP that!



    Windows XP must extend support to year 3000!!!!!


    Dear Windows XP fans, Why not you need protest against Microsoft in front of building in WA???, location where Microsoft building is there. Go there to front of Microsoft building then PROTEST!!!!

    PROTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR WE will destroy Microsoft building!!!!


    SAVE WINDOWS XP NOW!!!!!!!!
    consoleclassix
  • RE: Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your calendars

    As solid as Windows XP eventually became it is time to
    move on and thankfully it is not to Vista.
    jcallred4
  • RE: Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your calendars

    You may want to read the information again !

    Accepting that the latest Service Pack available for Vista is SP2, Microsoft have said that they will remove support for Vista with NO Service Pack from 13th April.

    This does not mean that they will remove support for the current version of the OS, but a substandard version where the service pack(s) have not been applied

    Does this help ?

    A
    pounder_arthur@...
    • The service packs are free!

      OK if you want to run DOS, no security updates. If you want to run a 10 year old Win 2000, updates are done. If you want to run XP without ser4vice packs which are free, you are done. Same with Vista with no service packs, which are free.

      So where is the misunderstanding?
      AreV
      • RE:Support end dates for Windows Vista, XP SP2, Windows 2000: Mark your cal

        If you wanted to run Windows XP without any service packs whatsoever, support was phased out years ago. Same goes for Windows XP with SP1.

        Up until July of this year, Microsoft has been expending effort on simultaneously supporting both SP2 and SP3 of Windows XP. After July of this year, they will continue supporting SP3, but they will stop supporting SP2.

        What does all this mean? If you bought your computer way back in 2002 when XP was brand new, and since then, you haven't installed any updates, is your support situation suddenly changing?
        - NO!! Actually, you have been unsupported for years, and this July deadline doesn't change that fact. But it is very easy and free to get yourself back into a supported situation: you have always been permitted to update your original copy of XP, for free, to SP1, SP2, and now SP3. Even after July of this year, you will still be able to update to SP3 and continue to benefit from the remaining time left on SP3's extended support lifecycle.

        The same argument basically applies for people who are still using a non-service-pack version of Windows Visa.

        On the other hand, Windows 2000 users really will have reached the end of the line in July.
        lfmorrison