Still using Windows Vista? XP? Why? Well, whatever the reason, Microsoft has clarified some of their end-of-life dates for older versions of Windows, including XP. This is mostly about support on the business side but it could be useful if you’ve got an old machine that’s acting up (or you refuse to upgrade).
Ed Bott found the actual dates in a Japanese Microsoft blog post:
Windows XP 4/8/2014
Windows Vista 4/11/2017
Windows 7 1/14/2020
As he explains, this doesn’t mean you can buy a copy of XP right now for any money but you can get “Mainstream and Extended” support for implementations of the OS. Good to know if you have something mission critical running on an old Compaq.
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Microsoft Nails Down Windows End-Of-Life Dates