End Of Support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista RTM and Windows 2000 Server

Hi Partners,

Deeps Da Silva, Microsoft Tech Audience Manager, has written an important post in regards to the End Of Support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista RTM and Windows 2000 Server. I have posted the article in full below, to ensure that you are across the changes to support that are occurring and how this will effect you:

“End of support for Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista RTM and Windows 2000 Server

As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server will end on the same date. Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) will end on April 13, 2010.

NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you are running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you are on the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.

Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or service pack will not be eligible for any of our support options. Updates, including security updates released with bulletins from the Microsoft Security Response Center, will be reviewed and built for the supported versions and service packs only. The most current service packs are available to organizations, and they are easily deployed via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services/Microsoft System Center, and the Microsoft Download Center. To better understand the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy and your support options visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page.

There is no supported migration path from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 using the Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT). You will need to upgrade to Windows XP and then migrate to Windows 7 using USMT 4.0, a tool included with the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK).
With Extended Support for Windows 2000 Server also ending on July 13,2010, the product will no longer be publicly supported after this date. Self-Help Online Support will be available for Windows 2000 Server after Extended Support for the operating system ends. For more information on Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server End of Support visit Windows 2000 End of Support Solution Center. A direct upgrade from Windows 2000 to Windows Server 2008 R2 is not supported. The Solution Center will provide information about migration paths, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.

Updating your Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 2000 PCs before the end of mainstream support dates will ensure your PCs stay supported and receive security updates. The best way to be secure and supported is by migrating to Windows 7. There are tools to help test and mitigate application compatibility issues, including the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit, Windows XP Mode, and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) to help migration. To learn more about these tools, visit the Springboard Series on TechNet. “

If you would like to read more of Deeps’s posts his blog is: http://blogs.technet.com/itproaustralia/default.aspx