Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Microsoft will end automatic update support for most XP users with "only" SP2

Owners of older PC’s should know that Microsoft will end automatic update support for XP systems with “only” service pack 2 on July 13, 2010. Users need to install service pack 3 to continue automatic update support, which may be necessary to protect even older machines from new vulnerabilities. (There is an exception for users running 64-bit XP with SP2 as there is no SP3 for them.)

Users with older machines less frequently used (as only for travel laptops, second homes, or for emergency use) should be careful with this.

Online service pack updates are large, tend to take about 45 minutes to download in broadband, and require multiple reboots and restarts.

The ITP story is here.

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