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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
End of Life announced for Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
30 March 2011
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Operating System: Windows Vista
Impact/Access: Reduced Security -- Unknown/Unspecified
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End of support information for Windows products
Upcoming end of support announcement
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will reach the end of support on July 12,
2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free
security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to stay
secure and continue support you must upgrade to Service Pack 2 (SP2).
Products no longer supported
* As announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2*) ended
on July 13, 2010.
* Also announced in 2008, support for Windows 2000 ended on July 13, 2010.
* Support for Windows Vista Release to Manufacturing (RTM) ended April 13,
Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or service pack will not be
eligible for any of our support options. Updates, including security updates
released with bulletins from the Microsoft Security Response Center, will be
reviewed and built for the supported versions and service packs only. The most
current service packs are available to organizations, and they are easily
deployed via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services/Microsoft System
Center, and the Microsoft Download Center. To better understand the Microsoft
Support Lifecycle Policy and your support options visit the Microsoft Support
There is no supported migration path from Windows 2000 to Windows 7 using the
Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT). You will need to upgrade to Windows
XP and then migrate to Windows 7 using USMT 4.0, a tool included with the
Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK). For more information on Windows 2000
and Windows 2000 Server End of Support visit Windows 2000 End of Support
Updating your Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 2000 PCs before the end of
mainstream support dates will ensure your PCs stay supported and receive
security updates. The best way to be secure and supported is by migrating to
* Small and midsize businesses should migrate to Windows 7 Professional,
which is designed to help you work the way you want, help you get more
done, and safeguard your work.
* Larger organizations should migrate to Windows 7 Enterprise, which
enables enterprise users to be more productive from anywhere, manage risk
through enhanced security and control, and reduce costs through
streamlined PC management.
* There are tools to help test and mitigate application compatibility
issues, including the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit,
Windows XP Mode, and Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V)
to help migration. To learn more about these tools, visit the Springboard
Series on TechNet.
* Upgrading to Internet Explorer 8 improves the level of protection against
current and emerging online threats.
*NOTE: There is no Service Pack 3 for a 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you
are running a 64-bit version of Windows XP with Service Pack 2, you are on the
latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive
updates until April 8, 2014. (To find out if you are running a 64-bit version
of Windows XP, right-click My Computer, then click Properties. If you do not
see "64-bit" listed, then you are running a 32-bit version and you need to
install Service Pack 3. If "64-bit" is listed under System, then you are
running a 64-bit version.)
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