Microsoft to pull plug on Vista RTM

Microsoft has begun tolling the bell on Windows XP and Vista RTM, as it looks to nudge customers towards Windows 7.

Microsoft to pull plug on Vista RTM

Support for copies of Vista without either of the service packs applied will end on 13 April – meaning Microsoft will no longer offer free telephone support or security patches for the OS. Support for Windows XP SP2 will come to an end on 13 July.

Also joining XP SP2 and Vista RTM on the endangered list are Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 RTM.

Keeping your PC up to date and as safe as possible is something that people need to think about beyond just being on the latest service pack

Windows 2000 will no longer be supported at all by Microsoft, while Windows Server 2003 RTM is being pushed into the Extended Support phase, under which customers will be required to pay for technical support, though the company will continue to provide security patches for the OS.

Microsoft is urging Windows XP SP2 and Vista RTM users to upgrade to the latest service pack, or, unsurprisingly, Windows 7.

“Keeping your PC up to date and as safe as possible is something that people need to think about beyond just being on the latest service pack,” said Windows Communication manager, Brandon LeBlanc.

“I want to remind everyone of the benefits of keeping Windows Update turned on. Through Windows Update, not only are you provided with the latest security updates and service packs for Windows at no cost, but also the latest updates to products such as Internet Explorer 8 and Microsoft Security Essentials,” he added.

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