Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Support Ends July 2010

Microsoft has recently issued a reminder that it will stop providing support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 on July 13, 2010. Public support for these products ends after this date and Microsoft will no longer offer any assisted support or security updates. Microsoft also announced that on the same day, Windows 2000 Server will move out of Extended Support while Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 will move from Mainstream Support to Extended Support, which will end on July 14, 2015. Microsoft normally provides Mainstream Support, followed by Extended Support, and then finishes with the product by just providing Self-Help Online Support.

Windows XP SP2 users are encouraged to move to Windows 7, Windows Vista, or simply upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 3, for which support will end two years after the next service pack, which is likely not going to happen or at the end of the product’s supported lifecycle, whichever comes first.

Microsoft retired Mainstream Support for Windows XP on April 14, 2009, support for Windows XP SP1 was retired on October 10, 2006, but Extended Support will be available until April 8, 2014. Microsoft will end Extended Support on this date for all versions of Windows XP (except for Embedded version): Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.

We’ll keep you updated on upcoming Microsoft support end dates for most of its major software products.

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