Windows XP SP2 & Windows Vista RTM End of Support Information

02.07.2010 15:49

There are a number of Microsoft support lifecycle milestones in 2010. We need to make sure customers are aware of the milestones and plan system and OS deployments to ensure that they maintain access to Microsoft support and updates.

Windows XP SP2 will no longer be the supported service pack level for Windows XP computers as of July 13, 2010. Customers running Windows XP SP2 or a previous version of the OS will need to upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (or Windows 7).

Windows Vista RTM will no longer be supported as of April 13, 2010. Customers running Windows Vista RTM should upgrade to Windows Vista SP2. (or Windows 7).

Extended support will end for Windows 2000 Server and Professional. Customers running Windows 2000 need to migrate to a supported version of Windows in order to receive updates or support.

What is End of Support?

Support for the product ends. The Microsoft® Support Lifecycle (MSL) provides predictable and consistent support timelines for Microsoft products, to customers worldwide. The Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy offers a minimu

  • Ten years of support (five years Mainstream Support and five years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level for Microsoft Business and Developer products.
  • Five years of Mainstream Support at the supported service pack level for Microsoft Consumer/Hardware/Multimedia products.

Note:

There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you are running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you are on the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014. To find out if you are running the 64-bit version of Windows XP, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. If you don’t see "64-bit" listed, then you’re running the 32-bit version and you need to install Service Pack 3. If "64-bit" is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version.

Mainstream and Extended Support is ONLY provided at the supported service pack level. Microsoft will support products running at the latest Service Pack level and the prior Service Pack level, 24 months after the release of the latest Service Pack.