If your still running Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) then your quickly coming up on needing to update your systems or you could lose the ability to receive technical support, including Windows Updates, for your PC’s.
This summer, on 13 July 2010, four different Microsoft Operating Systems will come to the end of their Microsoft Support Lifecycle or MSL. If your running any of them then you will be required to act or lose access to system updates.
- Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 4 and Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 4 will both reach the end of their extended support period. Anyone that is currently running those systems in July will need to move to a supported version of Windows so they can receive updates and support.
- Windows XP with Service Pack 2 will no longer be the supported Service Pack for Windows XP. You will have to download Windows XP Service Pack 3 or upgrade to a newer version of Windows such as Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows 7. See How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack to track down the latest Service Pack for Windows XP.
- Windows Vista RTM will no longer be supported and you will need to upgrade to at least Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or Windows 7. See How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack to find the latest Service Pack for Windows Vista.
Good Luck with your migration, upgrades or updates. Make sure you back up all of your data before you start!