Support for Windows XP SP2 and Vista RTM ending soon

If you are waiting for a good opportunity to upgrade to Windows 7, now would be a good time to do so.  Support for Windows Vista RTM and Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2) will be ending soon.

Support for Windows Vista (without any service pack installed) will be ending on April 13, 2010, meaning users must be running Vista SP1 or SP2 to receive any further product support.  Users can upgrade to the latest service pack, SP2, for free, providing them with the latest security updates.

Support for Windows XP SP2 will be ending on July 13, 2010.  Users still running Windows XP SP2 will no longer receive updates after this date, and are urged to update to Windows XP SP3, a free upgrade, or switch to Windows 7.

Users running Windows XP SP2 64-bit will still receive product support up until April 8, 2014, since Microsoft never released a 64-bit service pack 3.

Users that need help with any upgrade can visit Microsoft’s end-of-support webpage.  The webpage provides useful tips for consumers including how to tell what version you are running, and helpful information about Windows 7, for users that haven’t made the switch yet.

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i have an old laptop from 2001 that has xp home on it(it had sp2 on it when i bought it)and it only has 512MB ram so running 7 on it would bring it to it's knees but XP works just fine on it(it has SP3 on it now)and upgrading it would not be worthwhile as i don't use it much and it does what i need to but of course my Desktop have 7 on it and it's nice and fast(i had Vista on it which was a nightmare even after the hardware upgrades and 7 is good on it so Vista needs to die as it's crap and slow but 7 is good even with 1GB ram though 2-3GB min ram for it would keep it nice and fast.

lordcanti86 said,
XP SP2.....good times...

those "good times" with WinXP SP2 will come to an end on July 2010.
anyways, I've already updated all my XP computers to WinXP SP3 using the full SP3 package or the integrated/slipstreamed XP SP3 CD.

"If they're so cheap then you can buy everybody a new PC with a newer OS on it.

I hate the "it's so cheap" argument so much - some people don't need to upgrade their PCs! Not everyone is a PC fanatic like Neowin!"

Bull you just dont want to let go of your security blanket. XP was great in the day but heavily exploited secuirty holes and aging support for newer hardware and memory limits are calling for upgrades. 7 32/64bit is more stable and outperforms XP on the same hardware and gives you better security and overall OS expereince

zeroomegazx said,

Bull you just dont want to let go of your security blanket. XP was great in the day but heavily exploited secuirty holes and aging support for newer hardware and memory limits are calling for upgrades. 7 32/64bit is more stable and outperforms XP on the same hardware and gives you better security and overall OS expereince

Bull. See my post above. There are always exceptions.

zeroomegazx said,
7 32/64bit is more stable and outperforms XP on the same hardware and gives you better security and overall OS expereince

If by better overall OS experience you mean annoying PITA, then I agree.

Also 7 does not outperform XP on older hardware. There's no point in lying about it.

Edited by Rigby, Mar 24 2010, 9:10pm :

zeroomegazx said,

Bull you just dont want to let go of your security blanket. XP was great in the day but heavily exploited secuirty holes and aging support for newer hardware and memory limits are calling for upgrades. 7 32/64bit is more stable and outperforms XP on the same hardware and gives you better security and overall OS expereince

this is such an idiotic response, zeroomegazx. as TRC said earlier, Win7 does NOT outperform WinXP on older computers AND THAT'S AN UNDENIABLE FACT!

People who are too cheap to upgrade their crappy PCs and I mean PCs from Windows XP era Need to move up the tech food chain and upgrade that crap. PCs are so cheap nowadays, no reason to be stuck running old ass software/hardware.

If they're so cheap then you can buy everybody a new PC with a newer OS on it.

I hate the "it's so cheap" argument so much - some people don't need to upgrade their PCs! Not everyone is a PC fanatic like Neowin!

Edited by Tha Bloo Monkee, Mar 24 2010, 5:52pm :

Kingv84 said,
People who are too cheap to upgrade their crappy PCs and I mean PCs from Windows XP era Need to move up the tech food chain and upgrade that crap. PCs are so cheap nowadays, no reason to be stuck running old ass software/hardware.

I'd expect a pompous comment like this from someone using an apple logo.

But that's just a "cheap" shot so let me be serious now. I've got a shiny brand new piece of s.hit that just passed through my system, you interested? I can fish it out of the bowl for you and fedex it to right away for dirt cheap. You'll be the envy of all your friends so order fast because supply is limited seeing as I skipped lunch

Edited by Blaxima, Mar 25 2010, 3:46am :

I wish the 64-bit version of XP would end sooner too.. 2014 is wayyyyy too far... many developers and designers need XP to be gone. Vista is still fine.. but Win 7 is just so much more better.

Does anyone know if 64-bit XP came with IE6? Because I thought IE6 support ended on March 1st?

j2006 said,
I wish the 64-bit version of XP would end sooner too.. 2014 is wayyyyy too far... many developers and designers need XP to be gone. Vista is still fine.. but Win 7 is just so much more better.

Does anyone know if 64-bit XP came with IE6? Because I thought IE6 support ended on March 1st?

of course WinXP x64 edition came with IE6, j2006; just like with the x32/x86 editions of XP. only certain 3rd party web sites out there are dropping IE6 support but NOT Microsoft themselves. support for IE6 on XP (ALL 32bit/64bit editions) ends the same as the "extended support" end date of XP [April 8, 2014]. read here:
http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/?p1=8599

Singh400 said,
Vista seems a bit soon though...

Vista RTM came out in 2006, that's like 4yrs ago! Vista is not "young" either. They are still support Vista SP1 and SP2 obviously, if you haven't updated to SP1 by now then WTH?

Mocosoft said,
Still using XP SP3. Probably wait till MS comes with less candy, more innovation.

67% of the OS market is doing just that.

Mocosoft said,
Still using XP SP3. Probably wait till MS comes with less candy, more innovation.

Didn't anyone tell you Windows 7 is available now?

C_Guy said,

Didn't anyone tell you Windows 7 is available now?

Didn't anybody tell you to get off the windows 7 high horse? XP SP3 is working just fine for me and most likely other, with better driver compatibility, less HD space on my limited notebook.

Buying Windows 7 would essentially be like burning money. It will help me accomplish no more on my computer.

arcane47 said,

Didn't anybody tell you to get off the windows 7 high horse? XP SP3 is working just fine for me and most likely other, with better driver compatibility, less HD space on my limited notebook.

Buying Windows 7 would essentially be like burning money. It will help me accomplish no more on my computer.

I think everybody should jump off the Windows XP bandwagon and join Windows 7 users. Windows XP needs to die already. Pull the life support Microsoft! Pull it! please.

Kingv84 said,

I think everybody should jump off the Windows XP bandwagon and join Windows 7 users. Windows XP needs to die already. Pull the life support Microsoft! Pull it! please.

And yet, I have a perfectly capable laptop that, albeit a few years old, runs fine in day to day tasks using XP. It's a completely different story if I put 7 on it. Suddenly, I don't have proper drivers available and performance suffers as a result. 7 is not an option for this machine. I am sure I am not alone here either. There is room for XP and 7 to exist side by side, so why do some people still insist that everybody should upgrade?

Windows XP will do for me, and when one day it doesn't I'lll be switching to some form of UNIX. Tried both Vista and 7, don't really care for all the hand holding and eye candy crap.

TRC said,
Windows XP will do for me, and when one day it doesn't I'lll be switching to some form of UNIX. Tried both Vista and 7, don't really care for all the hand holding and eye candy crap.

I completely agree with you. I've used Vista and 7 too and while 7 is certainly better than Vista I really don't see any functional reason to move to 7(from xp sp3) and endure the headaches my portable software goes through trying to run on it

alfaaqua said,
Time for XP SP3 people to update to Windows XP SP3.

That made no sense... did you mean time for XP SP2 users to upgrade to XP SP3?

alan said,
i see they want vista to go fast. even before XP! vista is deffonatly the windows ME of 2010.

theyre not ending support for vista, just for installs without any service pack

alan said,
i see they want vista to go fast. even before XP! vista is deffonatly the windows ME of 2010.

Deffonatly

alan said,
i see they want vista to go fast. even before XP! vista is deffonatly the windows ME of 2010.

Well let's see now... Windows Millennium Edition was a great upgrade from pervious versions and if you had a clue what you were doing then you wouldn't have many (if any) problems.

Yup, sounds like Vista.

alan said,
i see they want vista to go fast. even before XP! vista is deffonatly the windows ME of 2010.

I think this has to do with Saturation... virtually everybody upgraded Vista to SP1 or SP2, while there are still a lot of users running XP SP2 (SP3 is HUGE and takes a long time to install so some people haven't taken the time yet).

C_Guy said,

Well let's see now... Windows Millennium Edition was a great upgrade from pervious versions and if you had a clue what you were doing then you wouldn't have many (if any) problems.

Yup, sounds like Vista.

Windows ME was basically "Windows 98 Third Edition" and it was targeted for mostly consumers/home users. ME makes a good OS for home usage but bad for corporations/business users. that I know from experience.