Microsoft just announced that support is ending for some older versions of the Windows operating system (OS).

  • Support for Windows Vista without any service packs will end on April 13, 2010.
  • Support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010.

If you’re running one of these versions after support ends, you won’t get security updates for Windows. This means that your computer will be at risk for viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. If you don’t know what version of Windows you’re running, click the following link to see Which version and service pack am I running?

Is it the end of the world? No. But you do want to make sure you’re able to keep your data safe.

Advances in hardware and software technology have shortened the useful life of the average computer to about five years. After five years, they become obsolete. If your computer is older than about 5 to 6 years, you may think about looking into replacing it.

If you do, please refer to my WebSight Viewpoint Nos. 20 and 21 for tips on getting rid of an old computer.