Old OS? End of support might come soon

Microsoft just announced that support is ending for some older versions of the Windows operating system (OS).

  • Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010.
  • Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010.

If you’re running one of these versions after support ends, you won’t get security updates for Windows. This means that your computer will be at risk for viruses, spyware, and lot of other malicious software.

·         The newest operating system from Microsoft is Windows 7. To learn more, see Windows 7: new and improved security features.

·         If you want the most updated version of Windows Vista, get Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2).

·         If you want the most updated version of Windows XP, get Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).

For more information, see What does it mean if my version of Windows is no longer supported?

If you don’t know what version of Windows you’re running, see Which version and service pack am I running?

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »