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Reminder: Windows Vista Reaches End Of Support

by Carol~ Moderator / May 16, 2011 12:56 AM PDT

Previously, Carol wrote about the upcoming end of Mainstream Support of Vista SP1, in 2011. This first post mentions that discussion. The last post in this thread brings up a newer important note that Vista SP2, as a whole, has ended its Extended Support as well.

A Reminder ..

From Microsoft's Small Business Blog:

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will reach the end of support on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to stay secure and continue support you must upgrade to Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Products no longer supported

• As announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2*) ended on July 13, 2010.
• Also announced in 2008, support for Windows 2000 ended on July 13, 2010.
• Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) ended April 13, 2010.

Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or service pack will not be eligible for any of our support options. Updates, including security updates released with bulletins from the Microsoft Security Response Centre, will be reviewed and built for the supported versions and service packs only. The most current service packs are available to organisations, and they are easily deployed via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services/Microsoft System Centre, and the Microsoft Download Centre. To better understand the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy and your support options visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page.

There is no supported migration path from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 using the Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT). You will need to upgrade to Windows XP and then migrate to Windows 7 using USMT 4.0, a tool included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK). For more information on Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server End of Support visit Windows 2000 End of Support Solution Centre.

Updating your Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 2000 PCs before the end of mainstream support dates will ensure your PCs stay supported and receive security updates. The best way to be secure and supported is by migrating to Windows 7 .

For Further Information:

Post was last edited on June 27, 2017 12:06 PM PDT

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Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) - End of Support Within One Month
by Carol~ Moderator / June 13, 2011 5:59 AM PDT
Microsoft to End Vista SP1 Support July 12

Microsoft reminded users on Monday that it will stop supporting Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on July 12.

"From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)," the company wrote in a blog entry on its TechNet website.

The company recommended users upgrade to Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 to receive continued support and patches. Vista SP2 also includes operating system updates such as a new version of Windows Search, and drivers to support new hardware.

Users can install Vista SP2 using Windows Update, or by manually downloading the 32-bit edition or 64-bit edition of the service pack.

Users must have Windows Vista SP1 installed prior to applying SP2. Further instructions on installing SP2 are available on Microsoft's website.

The end of support for Vista SP2 is April 10, 2012, according to the Windows lifecycle fact sheet web page.

Microsoft initially ended support for Windows Vista without service packs on April 13 last year. Microsoft is still supporting Windows XP SP3 for which support ends on April 8, 2014.
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NOTE: Extended Support Has Ended For Vista SP2
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 14, 2017 2:42 PM PDT

For those on Windows Vista Service Pack 2, the final Service Pack for Vista; Microsoft has ended the "Extended Support" phase for that operating system. Basically, this means that users of that operating system will no longer receive security updates for Vista. See the link below for the basic End Of Life Guidelines for Vista and other Microsoft operating systems.

What this means to you.... The operating system will still function and you can still run the computer but vulnerabilities in the operating system will no longer be patched. Security vulnerabilities will make the computer less secure and third party programs/drivers which support Vista will begin to disappear.

Hope this helps.


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