IMPORTANT NOTICE: It's been announced today that Microsoft will be ending support to the following OS (Operating Systems): Windows XP Service Pack 2 & Windows Vista RTM (Service Pack 0). Microsoft has mentioned to use Windows Update to get the latest patches to update the current OS to the latest service packs for each Windows system.
Support end dates:
Here are the dates when support will end for PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista without the latest service packs:
Users using Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2):
Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you've installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).
Note: There's no SP3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014. To find out what version you're running, see Is my PC running the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?.
Users using Windows Vista RTM (Release To Manufacture: Service Pack 0 - Zero):
Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010. To continue support, make sure you've installed Windows Vista SP2.
What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?:
An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.
"If you're running one of these versions after support ends, you won't get security updates for Windows."
How can I update my Operating System to the latest patch of Windows?:
You should always install the latest service packs from Microsoft for your version of Windows. You can download and install these through Windows Update.
For information about using Windows Update in Windows XP, see Stay up to date automatically.
For information about using Windows Update in Windows Vista, see Install Windows updates.
For information about using Windows Update in Windows 7, see Install Windows updates.
How can I know which version and system am I using?:
Microsoft website makes it simple for you to find out what version & system you have. Click here to find out.
Windows will continue to run:
Even if you have an unsupported version of Windows XP or Windows Vista without any service packs, Windows will continue to start and run as usual. Just take note that you'll won't be getting Windows Update to download the latest software patches, drivers, and security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
We find this article suitable to our readers who read this blog to keep you updated with the latest information that in the long run make your pc last longer.
Helpful Tip: It's always good to make sure you are running the latest updates for your pc, software, drivers, anti-virus program definitions updated that will keep your computer safe from harmful attacks.
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