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Monday, 12 July 2010 11:56

Microsoft stops issuing XP SP2 updates

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And we’ll tell you why you should care
Microsoft has announced that it would stop issuing security fixes and updates for Windows XP Service Pack 2. Although we are talking about an ancient OS, the decision could have serious repercussions on millions of users.

Vista and Windows 7 have been out for years now, but many corporate users still use XP on a massive scale. What’s worse, due to the economic crisis many businesses were forced to postpone their upgrade plans. A survey conducted by Softchoice recently revealed that 8 out of 10 organizations still used XP to some extent.

Security experts warn that Microsoft’s decision could leave millions of PCs more vulnerable to all sorts of attacks, but Microsoft would probably argue that users should just install SP3, as it will continue to receive security updates through April 2014.

While this might be true, it’s unlikely that all users will upgrade to SP3 for one simple reason. If they were keen on upgrading, they wouldn’t be running XP SP2 in this day and age in the first place.

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-3 #1 yourma2000 2010-07-12 12:15
Quote:
Vista and Windows 7 have been out for years now



was that a sneeky attempt to call Windows 7 "Vista SP2"?
 
 
+4 #2 nele 2010-07-12 12:24
Quoting yourma2000:
Quote:
Vista and Windows 7 have been out for years now



was that a sneeky attempt to call Windows 7 "Vista SP2"?


Not really, but I can edit the story to include that pun. Good idea. :-*
 
 
+9 #3 nECrO 2010-07-12 12:46
While I am far from a Microsoft apologist, I applaud this decision. In my opinion, many of Microsoft's problems can be traced back to caving in to pressure for backwards compatibility and support for legacy software. No one wants to buy new software or hardware at every Service pack or OS release, but enough is enough. I'm sure the folks who owned horses wanted hitching posts everywhere so they could put off the expense of buying a car, but the buck has to stop somewhere.

just my 2 cents...

PS.. I like to call Win 7 "Vista fixed"... :)
 
 
0 #4 yourma2000 2010-07-12 12:49
Vistas good twin in my eyes :P
 
 
+2 #5 LuxZg 2010-07-12 12:59
I agree with nECro .. it's been a lengthy support cycle. I know that companies rely on ancient software because it's compatible with their other ancient software and so on.. but it has to end somewhere. When you buy most things, importer/manufacturer usually has a clause where they promise repair and parts for a certain period in time. But I still haven't seen anyone supporting anything for 15 years for free - except for Microsoft software (and Team17's Worms serial :) ). SP3 is still support, they aren't "left in cold"..
 
 
0 #6 FnuGk 2010-07-12 13:15
reminds me of my dads work comp that is locked with sp2 and ie6 with no option of installing new :S
 
 
-8 #7 Greg4422 2010-07-12 15:55
I disagree with most of the post here. Just when we thought Microsoft finally "got it" and was making amends for that monstrosity “Vista,” They pull this BS to try and force consumers to move to Windows 7. Even with the moderate success of windows 7, it’s not perfect and I can point to several problems…one being the stupid “auto arrange” files and folders. Any who, Windows XP is still the most used Operating System in the World…and you’re just going to drop security support to millions of customers that brought your product in “good faith.”? Do the right thing here Microsoft, stop being a PITA. Support the security update for XP and allow people to migrate to windows 7 at their leisure, not with you twisting their arm.
 
 
+1 #8 CompWiz 2010-07-12 17:04
Windows XP Pro 64 bit doesn't have a SP3, it only has SP2. Will they be stopping support for the latest version of this OS?
 
 
0 #9 nECrO 2010-07-12 19:06
@ Greg4422
There are plenty of people still using 16 bit apps that they are too cheap or stubborn to replace and look what that's done for ALL Windows users. A gaping security hole that can only properly be plugged by totally disabling 16 bit app support.

Again. The single biggest security problem with EVERY Windows OS to date has been backwards compatibility. Period. Well, Microsoft has finally "Gotten it". They're slowly changing this practice. It's about time.

Expecting support forever, no matter what the cost, is unrealistic and MS moving people along is not a violation of that "Good faith".
 
 
0 #10 eric 2010-07-13 10:15
Quoting CompWiz:
Windows XP Pro 64 bit doesn't have a SP3, it only has SP2. Will they be stopping support for the latest version of this OS?


Windows XP Professional x64 is based off Windows 2003, not regular XP.
 

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