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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
Publisher:         Microsoft
Operating System:  Windows Vista
Impact/Access:     Reduced Security -- Unknown/Unspecified
Resolution:        Patch/Upgrade

Original Bulletin: 

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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 
Lifecycle page.

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 
Solution Center.

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 
Windows 7.

    * 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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