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Windows 2000 to Bite the Dust Alongside Vista RTM & XP SP2

Gordon Kelly


Windows 2000 to Bite the Dust Alongside Vista RTM & XP SP2

Microsoft supports products forever, right? Wrong. In particular users need to pay close attention to Windows. Long term support lasts many years, but only if you run the right version...

Emphasising this point is an update to the official Windows Team Blog late yesterday to remind users that support for Windows Vista RTM, XP with Service Pack 2 and - importantly - all versions of Windows 2000 is coming to an end.

"If you or someone you know is running Windows Vista with no services packs installed (also known as Windows Vista RTM or SP0), please use Windows Update to install the latest service pack available – Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (note you’ll need to install Service Pack 1 first)," said Microsoft's ubiquitous blog writer Brandon LeBlanc. "On April 13th, 2010, Windows Vista RTM will reach the end of support."

On top of this Windows XP SP2 will see support end on 13 July 2010 - a significant date since all versions of Windows 2000 will also be cut adrift and that is something anyone still using the 10 year old platform needs to take very seriously indeed. Losing support for all versions means Microsoft will no longer update the platform in any way so if holes are found they will not be patched and boy, do hackers love to focus on unsupported products.

So come 13 July Windows 2000 will join former OSes Windows 95, 98 and ME on the scrapheap while you've six weeks to switch to XP SP3 and Vista SP1. All of which makes me wonder: is anyone seriously still running 2000?


via Windows Team Blog


February 26, 2010, 11:58 am

Yeah we are still running Windows 2000


February 26, 2010, 12:48 pm

who could possibly be running vista service pack zero?


February 26, 2010, 2:34 pm

Incredibly, we only upgraded our last Win2000 machine in the last 6 months or so.


February 26, 2010, 2:44 pm

Many local authorities are still running Windows 2000 Professional and Office 2000. When there is pressure to sustain front line services like social care, education and the benefits system, upgrading IT systems may have been a low priority, when allocating precious funds. My work PC base unit is only five years old, much newer than many others here! The 17in HP CRT monitor is about 2000 vintage though!


February 26, 2010, 2:47 pm

There are enterprises which still use Win2000. The place where I work still has it on a few dozen machines, which will finally be updated to XP over the Easter holidays.


February 26, 2010, 3:11 pm

Yes, I have a Win 2000 VM for Quickbooks 2006. Luckily I am using QB2008 in parallel and as only system staring soon. I think I will do a nice new Win 2000 VM with all available updates, install QB 2006, deny it internet access and save it to a DVD-R for the odd time I might need QB2006 in the future - thanks for the heads up.

Chris Beach

February 26, 2010, 5:24 pm

Only just finished moving from NT to XP sp2...servers are still mix of nt4/2k and 2k3.

Lucky we're not a bank or anything needing to be secure...oh wait we are:(


February 26, 2010, 8:18 pm

Given the number of people still running XP that's only a year newer why are you surprised there are still Windows 2000 users?

dave doubledecks

February 27, 2010, 4:09 pm

yep, our company (800+ staff) still uses Windows 2000 and Office 2000. But we're moving to Window 7/Office 2007 later this year.


February 28, 2010, 11:30 pm

Yes my employers still run Windows 2000 - talking at least 5000 employees - but good news, they're being upgraded this year: Vista! Great...


March 1, 2010, 3:15 pm

My previous employers have around 100 machines running Windows 2k and I'm pretty sure to this day they still are...

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