Support for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 expires today
As previously announced, extended support for a number of Microsoft products expires today, July 13th, 2010. Affected products include Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and all versions of Windows 2000, including Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2000 Server. After today, Microsoft will no longer fix even critical security vulnerabilities, but will maintain its knowledge base as an online help resource.
Microsoft usually supports Service Packs for up to 12 months after the release of their respective successors. In the case of Windows XP SP2 (32-bit), however, due to customer demand Microsoft extended this to 24 months for Windows XP SP2. This does not, however, relate to support for the operating system itself, which will run until 2014 – longer than for some versions of Windows Vista. From now on Microsoft will only support XP users who have installed Service Pack 3.
The initial support phase for all versions of Windows Server 2003 also comes to an end today. It will now enter its second support phase, in which Microsoft will only release free patches for security vulnerabilities which the company classifies as critical. This second phase expires on the 14th of July, 2015.