Microsoft has finally announced that it will end support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 this July the 13th. Windows XP SP2 and Windows 200 are currently running on extended support. This is a standard Microsoft support policy according to which it supports a product for the first five years on regular basis and for the next five years on extended support.
The announcement is available at this page on windows.microsoft.com. It says,
Support is ending for some versions of Windows
- Support for Windows Vista without any service packs ended 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 forWindows.
Existing users of Windows 2000 need to get hold of a new version of Windows whereas, Windows XP SP2 users can simply upgrade to Windows XP SP3 which will be supported for longer.
Windows Vista suers on the other hand, can upgrade to Vista SP2 for free and continue using their product.