Support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 due to end

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12 January 2010, 19:13

Support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 due to end

In half a year, on the 13th of July, 2010, the support life cycles of several Windows operating systems will come to an end: "Extended support" will expire for the entire Windows 2000 family (including Professional and all Server versions), which means that Microsoft will completely discontinue the maintenance of these products. After the 13th of July, the vendor only plans to provide "online self-help resources", such as its Knowledge Base, free of charge.

On the same day, Windows Server 2003 reaches the end of its first support phase, which applies to all versions. The second phase will end on the 14th of July, 2015. Support for Service Pack 2 for Windows XP (32-bit) will also end on the 13th of July, 2010: Microsoft usually supports Service Packs for up to 12 months after the release of their respective successors, however, due to customer demand Microsoft extended this for Windows XP SP2 to 24 months. However, this support life cycle has nothing to do with the support life cycle of the operating system itself: "Extended support" for Windows XP is set to continue until 2014 – , this bizarrely means that for some versions of XP the support life cycle will be longer than that for Vista.

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