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Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Has Ended

On July 13, 2010 Microsoft ended support for Windows Service Pack 2 (SP2). As of July 13, 2010 all Windows XP computers that are not running Service Pack 3 (SP3) you will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update to protect your PC from viruses, malware and spyware as well as updates that improve Windows reliability, including new hardware drivers. Without Service Pack 3 your computer will not be able to download the patches to protect it from the next vulnerability in Windows XP that gets identified.
Users with computers running Windows XP Service Pack 2 should give serious consideration to installing Service Pack 3. Paid support and security updates for SP2 will also no longer be available, although Microsoft has stated that Windows XP SP2 users will still be allowed to access Microsoft online Knowledge Base articles, FAQs and troubleshooting tools.

Windows XP SP2 users can download the SP3 software package from Microsoft’s support site if they want to continue receiving security updates.

Service Pack 3 Download Link

Microsoft supplies Service Packs an easy way to bring your Windows based computer up to date with a set of the released Windows patches, security fixes, Bug fixes, and stability/reliability in one package.

Windows XP also ships in a 64-bit version. There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. Users running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, are on the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.

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