When will WinXP no longer be available?

Posted on 2007-10-02
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
When will WinXP no longer be available?

Dell will currently still sell me machines thrugh thier business division with XP on them, but when will the drop dead end be?

Question by:jpertchik
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    Microsoft just extended the purchase date out.  This article does a good job of explaining:
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    by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
    well, officially, support for SP1 of XP has ended since 1 year already.

    now, the support for any version is currently defined here:

    so, as from the date of the SP2, you have 5-10 years support, depending on what you buy as support contract.

    now, technically, you can use XP as long as the hardware supports it, so another 20-30 years, I would say.
    nothing to worry about...
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    OEM support is ending January 31
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    "OEM support is ending January 31" ??

    Could you explain that?  If you mean OEM purchases, then you're incorrect.  MS recently extended that (see my first post).  Also, manufacturers (Dell, HP, etc) can still sell XP with an OEM license after MS's cutoff date.  MS's cutoff date is the date MS will no longer sell OEM licenses to the manufacturers (we're talking purchasing, not product lifecycle regarding support).  The manufacturers can still sell whatever licenses they have available after MS's cutoff date, but when they run out they can't purchase any more from MS.  Note that most manufacturers will cut off OEM XP licenses for Home purchases first.  Expect OEM licenses to be available for business/government purchases for at least another year, possibly more.  When MS stopped selling OEM licenses for Win 2000 we were able to purchase new pcs with OEM 2000 licenses for about 2 1/2 years.

    Here is a direct on link on MS's desktop lifecycle availability:

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    I must have got the year wrong. i just knew one ended jan. 31, but its 2009
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    it used to be jan 31 2008, but they extended it last week by 5 or 6 months, as michko mentioned.

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