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Windows XP, Server 2003 Winding Down

All good or even mediocre things must come to an end, and so it is with XP SP2 and Windows Server 2000 and 2003, for which extended support will end this summer.

Microsoft is pushing customers to upgrade before July 31 or suffer the no-support consequences. If you don't upgrade but still want a failsafe, you'll have to buy a custom support plan. XP users have another, simpler option: Just upgrade to SP3! That will be supported for three more years.

If you're on Windows 7 RC, you best move to the real thing soon. Starting today, your machine may start shutting down for two hours at a time. There's a free trial version that will buy you another three months of uninterrupted use.

Does Microsoft support end too soon or go on too long? Tell us at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/01/2010 at 1:17 PM


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