Microsoft to Provide Windows XP Business Support Options to Consumers

  • Comments: 3
  • Written on: February 14th, 2007

Microsoft has announced that they will be providing five years of “extended support” to consumer users of Windows XP. Previous to this announcement, all consumer support for Windows XP would have ended in 2009 – two years after the release of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista.

But before you give your Windows XP box a hug and a kiss for Valentine’s Day, “extended support” is different from the normal support that will be available until 2009.


“Extended Support” for Windows XP is already available to businesses and network administrators through 2014. For consumers this means that Microsoft will continue issuing security patches and updates for Windows XP through 2014. However, if you have problems with your retail-purchased copy of Windows XP, you will have to pay Microsoft for that support call to India.

for the great many consumers who got an OEM copy of Windows XP preinstalled on a new computer, expect your manufacturers (HP, Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, etc…) to also discontinue free support as scheduled in 2014 and dish all users with problems to Microsoft’s pay-per-call “extended support” lines, or a similar support system run by the manufacturer its self.

  1. Mike
    Mike said on February 15th, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    That’s good news. I don’t really see any reason to upgrade to Vista anyway.

  2. J.T.
    J.T. said on February 15th, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    I’m starting to look into Linux due to it’s increased mainstream nature, and the fact that VISTA’s license means that if I buy it, and then go through a full computer upgrade cycle, I’d have to buy another license. And one of my friends, who looked through it more thoroughly, said that a two processor machine owner might have to pay once for each processor he has in his box.

    No thanks Bill. Most of the stuff that’s touted in VISTA I was watching one of my Linux-using friends use on his box before it even came out.

  3. Moresage
    Moresage said on February 15th, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    With all of the trouble one has using Microsoft OS, Linux is looking more attractive everyday. Trying to make a correction to MSN OS always has been and remains, at nightmare. Microsoft is no help.

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