Microsoft killing Windows XP SP2, 2000 support

Microsoft has announced that they will be ending the product life cycle for Windows 2000 client and server support next year. Windows XP SP2 support will also come to an end, and are encouraging users to upgrade to Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or preferably upgrade to Windows 7.

Microsoft has announced that on July 13, 2010, both Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 server and client support will come to an end. Microsoft is offering migration guides for free online to help upgrade from Windows XP and Windows 2000 to Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows XP currently holds more than 69% of the operating system market, while Vista currently holds 18.55% and Windows 7 with just over 5% and growing.

Users looking to upgrade to Windows Vista should know that Microsoft is set to support it up until 2012, and have not revealed plans to extend support further. Windows XP users will be happy to know Microsoft will be supporting Windows XP SP3 until 2014.

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What i find quite odd is that Microsoft confirm they will support xp sp3 until 2014 but there newer OS Vista only gets support till 2012.
Why would that be?

Riggers said,
What i find quite odd is that Microsoft confirm they will support xp sp3 until 2014 but there newer OS Vista only gets support till 2012.
Why would that be?

I believe that's Vista without Service Packs.

Assuming there will be a Vista SP3, it could get extended further.

It WILL get extended further, +Kirkburn. guaranteed!
especially that Vista SP2 was released in late April 2009.
support for Vista with SP1 will end earlier than expected; July 2011 as noted here.
Only support for the original/RTM release of Vista will end in 2012.

Wait, isn't server 03 support set to end in july 2010? Kinda pointless upgrading?

I have to say; server 03 is the best windows OS I've ever used, for both server and client uses, I love it!

n_K said,
Wait, isn't server 03 support set to end in july 2010? Kinda pointless upgrading?

I have to say; server 03 is the best windows OS I've ever used, for both server and client uses, I love it!

Ditto

out of 5 pcs only 1 is running 7 but the rest are still XP as there is nothing wrong with it and on one it runs a few games that would not run on 7 and the HDD is not big enough for 7 sides the user that uses it is happy with XP as are all the other XP's, no need to change to 7 well not yet but perhaps in 2014 a few may change over.

"Users looking to upgrade to Windows Vista should know that Microsoft is set to support it up until 2012, and have not revealed plans to extend support further." - this is only partially true, as the business and the enterprise versions have extended support until 2017.

I'm really shocked at all the XP bashing, sure its an old OS but its still very quick and stable and it works. If its broken dont fix it I say. I'm still using it myself, don't get me wrong I love Windows 7 but I just find it hard to migrate because windows explorer is so different and some older apps dont work e.g nero 6 (before it was extremely bloated)

Ah I see we're still in the honeymoon period for 7. I personally built a new machine specifically for 7 64-bit, but only did so as my previous machine was just over 6 years old and ran XP throughout all the service packs and I loved it. I still run it on my parent's machine, my netbook and notebook and have almost zero problems (i say ALMOST).

XP is a very old OS but has been a very reliable OS to many people as well as businesses and I think we forget that even large companies (especially at the moment) do not have the finances to completely upgrade all machines within it's infrastructure plus whatever problems may arise due to botched rollout (lost takings etc) or just plain 'old hardware complications

Bad decisions will have been made (what's new?) where for some reason or another a particular ordering system/accouting system/database frontend was made custom for IE6, and is now a complete mess due to the flakiness of IE6. It was the best and most cost efficient solution at the time so erm go figure what else are they meant to do? use Firefox?

Pc_Madness said,
Why couldn't IE 8 have been included as part of SP3. Solved so many problems.


Maybe for home users i'll agree: but organisations would still be stuck with their custom-written software designed and tested on IE6 only, and how much do we think they'll charge for IE8 compatibility for a system that was a made-to-measure order?

este said,
Eventually these companies will need to move on. When will they finally begin to do so?
At the last possible moment. Any expense that can be delayed will be.. And the more that go ahead of you the more you learn from their mistakes, and thus the cheaper it should be for you.

I run XP on all of my machines, except for the one 7 box. Most are still running SP2 because I cannot be arsed to update them. I will be doing so, however

The company I work for is still very heavily dependant on Windows 2000 Terminal Services with plenty of 10 year old Dell Optiplex's running Windows 2000.

I hope some enterprising company will find a way of extending the life of Windows 2000. I'll be using XP until it gasps it's last breath. Windows 7 is an unwieldy resource hog like Vista. The only killer application is native booting of VHD's (Ultimate and Win2008 R2 only). The rest is total garbage.

boho said,
The company I work for is still very heavily dependant on Windows 2000 Terminal Services with plenty of 10 year old Dell Optiplex's running Windows 2000.

I hope some enterprising company will find a way of extending the life of Windows 2000. I'll be using XP until it gasps it's last breath. Windows 7 is an unwieldy resource hog like Vista. The only killer application is native booting of VHD's (Ultimate and Win2008 R2 only). The rest is total garbage.

Glad to know you have a firm grip on reality regarding operating systems. Oh wait..

Or you could purchase Extended Support from Microsoft directly alleviating these concerns.

Your misconceptions about Windows Vista/7 on the other hand, probably won't have a first party solution.

I have no idea why some people hate WinXP SP3. I LIKE IT! I even "slipstreamed" SP3 onto my XP installation so I don't have to install SP3 after installing WinXP.

Julius Caro said,
Why do people hate xp sp3? It's more like a cumulative patch than an actual full fledged SP

I haven't a clue. I really don't understand why someone would be so against a service pack in any event... It's really silly.

Oh come on, quit complaining. It's thanks to these things that most of us have a job!!

OS's get updated, patched, re-developed and released again. It's a natural cycle in IT. Don't like it? Go into another business.

hmm...to upgrade or not.

At home running Windows 7, at work 2 PCs running XP, one SP3(fully updated) other SP2 (IE6!! ). The SP2 machine is controlled by our IT dept. so I can't touch it. The SP3 is my development machine, ideally updating to Win7 is an ideal choice but the chance of a catastrophic failure is not worth it, especially for time critical stuff..... maybe I should throw in another drive and dual boot???

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