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All Good Things Come to an End for Windows Versions

It was a footnote to a short bulletin release this month, but Microsoft's Security Response Center has reminded readers that support for some of the still commonly used versions of Windows will be ceasing in the next few months.

The venerable Windows 2000, regarded by many as the first real modern Windows verion and the real move away from the Windows 9x line of code (barring the short-lived Windows Me), will have extended support ceased from July 13 of this year. This means that there will no longer be any Security bulletins or any other updates released for the platform.

It isn't only Windows 2000 that is finding official support ceasing, with Windows XP SP2, arguably one of the most significant Windows versions of all time, also having extended support ceased on July 13 this year. Users who are still happy with what SP2 has provided them can always apply Service Pack 3 if they wish to stay on Windows XP and continue to receive updates from Microsoft.

With two ageing versions of Windows being put out to pasture in July, it is somewhat surprising to see the RTM (effectively SP0) version of Windows Vista no longer being supported as of April 13 this year, and SP1 no longer supported as of July 12, 2011.

19 January 2010

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