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Microsoft is no longer providing technical support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000. What does this mean for you?

%image_alt%Windows XP has been king for a while, and especially since Windows Vista was a bust.  As of July 13, 2010, Microsoft will be ending technical support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000, XP’s predecessor.  What does this mean for current Windows XP and Windows 2000 users?  What if you have a Windows XP issue?  %image_alt%

First of all, this means that no more Service Packs (SP) will be added to Windows 2000.  Service Packs are security updates or enhancements to the operating systems.  You see them when your computer prompts with a yellow balloon at the bottom to installed security updates.  In sum, these security updates make up the service packs.  For Windows 2000, SP 4 is the last service pack.

%image_alt%As for Windows XP, the current service pack is SP3.  So, if you have Windows XP with only SP2, your Microsoft support will end also on July 13, 2010.  But, you can easily extend your IT support with Microsoft by simply upgraded to Service Pack 3 for Windows XP.  That was easy, right?  Then, you’ll have extended support from Microsoft until April 8, 2014.  It is best to install all of the security updates or your operating system.  This will ensure you have the best stability for your computer.  By doing this, you’ll also install the latest service packs.%image_alt%

If you’re wondering how you’ll be able to get any support by Microsoft, it’s easier than you think.  Just call Microsoft’s technical support line at 800-936-5700 and say Technical Support at first prompt, and then say Operator until transferred to a live person.  If you don’t have an active warranty with them, don’t worry, they’re more receptive than you think.  I’ve actually had friends call them up for Microsoft Security assistance and they actually walked them through removing a virus.  As long as you are having a computer issue with one of their Microsoft products, they’ll most likely help you.  But, then again, you might get a bad seed of a tech support person over there and then need to call back until you get a helpful one.

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