| By Susan Bradley |
Microsoft’s support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and the orginal version of Vista is ending soon.
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows XP SP3 or Vista SP1 or SP2, now is the time to do so.
Time running out for Windows 2000 users, too
For any Vista users who haven’t installed a Microsoft service pack, April 13 marks the deadline for any future security updates. You’ll need Vista SP1 or SP2 to keep your system secure.
Lately, I’ve seen too many PCs still running Windows XP with Service Pack 2. As of July 13, 2010, these systems will no longer get security updates from Microsoft, according to a Windows blog post. Microsoft support article 322389 discusses the various ways you can upgrade to XP SP3.
July 13 also represents the final date of support for any version of Windows 2000. If you have mission-critical business applications that run only on Windows 2000, it’s time to look carefully at a migration path to a current version of Windows. Also, ensure that any PCs running 2000 do not have Internet access.
If you aren’t sure which version of Windows you’re running, do the following: