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No More Service Packs for Windows XP

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Microsoft is not releasing any additional service packs for all versions of Windows XP.

Looks like an era is coming to an end, as Microsoft is now shifting its focus away from supporting old-timer Windows XP on a service pack level, and looking at the hot new chick in town, the sexy Windows 7. According to Softpedia, SP3 was the last service pack for the 32-bit version of Windows XP (x86); SP2 was the last major update for the 64-bit version (x64). Microsoft officially announced the end of the road for the 32-bit version some time ago, but there was hope that the company would puke up another service pack for x64 XP before the OS headed out to the pasture.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. If fact, Microsoft confirmed its legal separation from Windows XP on a whole, admitting that it's fallen out of love and will never return again, even in the case of x64 XP. "We have received inquiries from our customers and partners on whether or not there will be a need for a Service Pack 3 for Windows Server 2003," said Crissy House, the Windows Server Operations manager. "Microsoft will not have a SP3 release for Windows Server 2003."

In the past, Microsoft has delivered service packs for the 64-bit version of Windows XP and major updates to Server 2003 at the same time, hence the assumption that the same cut-off date applied to x64. While the comment from House refers to Windows Server 2003, a spokesman for Microsoft told Softpedia that the divorce also applies to any version of Windows XP.

Thanks for the memories, you were a good OS.

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    B-Unit , September 18, 2009 11:35 PM
    False_Dmitry_IIFor the record, look at wikipedia. They're going to keep making patches till 2014. I don't call that dead.

    And who do you trust more, Wikipedia or MS Server Operations manager?
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    lemonade4 , September 18, 2009 10:43 PM
    but that's like a 9 year old computer
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    Shadow703793 , September 18, 2009 9:47 PM
    :cry:  Aww... guess like I won't have SP3 for XP x64. (I use it for CAD). But anyways, XP is dead. Time to move on to Win 7 x64 (I run RTM anyways :D  ) for everyone.
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    sot010174 , September 18, 2009 9:48 PM
    It was the best OS MSFT has done till Vista. Farewell and rest in peace, XP.
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    mr_tuel , September 18, 2009 9:55 PM
    Win2k was the best before Vista, 7 is the best overall IMO.
  • 7 Hide
    Kl2amer , September 18, 2009 9:57 PM
    "but there was hope that the company would puke up another service pack for x64 XP before the OS headed out to the pasture"

    Another not so professional piece by Kevin Parrish.
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    cryogenic , September 18, 2009 9:57 PM
    I'm running Windows 7 RTM at home (got it through MSDN subscription) and sadly I'm still using XP at work . XP Was good at his time, but if you only try Win 7 for a short while, there's no going back, the difference is huge. I've run Win 7 for 31 days and 19 hours without reboot and it was still running like I just started it, that's way above XPs league regarding system stability.
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    icepick314 , September 18, 2009 10:01 PM
    can't expect MS to keep pouring resources to XP forever...

    it has to stop at some point and move on...

    now the question is will MS support Vista as long as XP did?
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    Firehead2k , September 18, 2009 10:02 PM
    As a home user I don't much care about XP anymore since I've moved on to Vista and will make the move to 7 as soon as it hits retail, but I'm not so sure what the IT guys at my college will think about it.

    I had hoped MS would kill the 32bit versions with Win7, lets hope the next installment won't offer 32bit versions anymore.
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    rooket , September 18, 2009 10:16 PM
    Had they killed the 32bit versions, people still running Pentium 4's (there are many that do) would not be able to run it. So why would that even begin to be a good idea. A lot of people are too cheap to buy a new PC yet may want the new o/s since vista ran fine on P4's as well. Plus I still have a cr&pload of spare pentium 4 parts and built one win7 machine already and it runs perfectly fine. Can't run 64bit on that one. I'm glad they still make 32bit, makes life a lot simpler. Would rather not use windows XP at all at home ever again, it is too bland and outdated. Not to mention it is like a rare earth magnet picking up nails when it comes to malware.
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    False_Dmitry_II , September 18, 2009 10:22 PM
    For the record, look at wikipedia. They're going to keep making patches till 2014. I don't call that dead.
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    born2rade , September 18, 2009 10:37 PM
    I installed Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit) on my cpu but went back to Windows XP Home Edition because Win 7 was slower on my PC. My PC is only a Pent 4 (2.4ghz) / 1.2GB pc800 Rambus RAMM / geforce 7600 gs.

    I thought Win 7 was great and will deff have it with my new system in the future. It's deff not for older systems. XP is the best by far for older systems.
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    lemonade4 , September 18, 2009 10:43 PM
    but that's like a 9 year old computer
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    born2rade , September 18, 2009 10:46 PM
    Pretty much yes :) . Just saying Win 7 is great, just not for my system.
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    Anonymous , September 18, 2009 11:11 PM
    At least they're putting the Windows XP out to pasture instead of outright killing it! :p 

    The Old Nag sure gave us a run for our money!
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    xaira , September 18, 2009 11:11 PM
    im using sp3 now, i dont see a reason for msoft to keep supporting it, running quite well on socket a 1.8 with 256mb ram
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    B-Unit , September 18, 2009 11:35 PM
    False_Dmitry_IIFor the record, look at wikipedia. They're going to keep making patches till 2014. I don't call that dead.

    And who do you trust more, Wikipedia or MS Server Operations manager?
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    tpi2007 , September 18, 2009 11:35 PM
    I just hope that for simplicity's sake, when by 2014 they stop rolling out individual fixes they release a final "Service Pack"/patch pack, or whatever they want to call it, with all the fixes since SP3. Have you ever had to install an old operating system just to have to spend another hour or so installing dozens of patches instead of one big thing ? I know it's asking too much, but perhaps they could do it without much effort. It would make things a lot simpler and close the XP cycle. That way, whenever you needed to install the then legacy XP you knew: I have to install SP3 and the final patch pack and I'm done! (and at my own risk, of course hehehe, just like with Win 98SE like I do with my ancient artifact, a 1995 Cyrix 5x86 100Mhz on a 486 board :D 
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    ptroen , September 18, 2009 11:48 PM
    Why not just do better testing instead of patching the damn operating system. The real problem is new buggy features keep coming out with each new service pack. Property testing would minimize the need for service patches.
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    Camikazi , September 19, 2009 12:03 AM
    ptroenWhy not just do better testing instead of patching the damn operating system. The real problem is new buggy features keep coming out with each new service pack. Property testing would minimize the need for service patches.

    If they kept testing software till there were no more bugs it would NEVER get released, bugs will always get by, no matter the company or the software.
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    zorreck , September 19, 2009 12:31 AM
    I hated XP, was in love with vista and now in love with 7. Rot in peace, XP.
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