End of support for Windows XP with Service Pack (SP2) and Windows Vista without service packs

So if you are running either Windows Vista with no service packs or Windows XP with SP2 then read on.

  • 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.

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 moreread more

For more info see  End of support for Windows XP with Service Pack (SP2) and Windows Vista without service packs which has information about how you can help you find out what you are running

I highly recommend that you should always install the latest service packs from Microsoft for your version of Windows. You can download and install these through Windows Update.


Comments (4)

  1. Craig Wright says:


    This is scary, as a number of larger corporate clients I have seen have frozen their desktop estate to maintain compatibility with enterprise applications.

    This note illustrates that the "head in the sand" approach to save CAPEX and OPEX really is not the way forwards for an organisation that is looking to maintain or grow market share.

    I am sure this will help drive the next step of evolution in Microsoft technologies being deployed across enterprises….

  2. robmar says:

    Thanks for comment Craig

    hopefully though this won’t be a surprise as these dates have been known about for a long time

    check out our End of support policy information at http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy


  3. lorraine says:

    since installing win 7 my laptop comes on with choice of above or vista. I thought I had uninstalled vista! could this be the reason my system says low space on D? How do I get rid of Vista can’t find it in programmes. could do with advice.


  4. robmar says:

    Lorraine – do you remember of you did a clean install or an upgrade

    to clean up your hatrd disk and get more space try



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