Important Info about the end of XP and Server 2003

 In an effort to help my clients plan for future upgrades of systems I want to let everyone know if you are using any of these operating systems they will soon need to be replaced. When Microsoft stops supporting these operating systems they will become vulnerable to problems. It is important that everyone makes the necessary preparations to not be on these operating systems when the time comes. Below is a time line of dates to look for but I will give you the quick highlight. Windows XP end of support- April 8th 2014. Windows Server 2003 end of support- July 14th 2015

 Windows life-cycle fact sheet

Last updated: January 2013

Every Windows product has a life-cycle. The life-cycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported or sold. Knowing key dates in this life-cycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Here are the rights and limits of the Windows life-cycle.

End of sales

End of sales refers to the date when a particular version of Windows is no longer shipped to retailers or Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Examples of OEMS are Dell and Toshiba—PC manufacturers who often preinstall Windows software.  When a version of Windows reaches its end of sales date, it’s a good time to think about upgrading.

This table gives end of sales dates for specific Windows operating systems.

End of support

End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

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