Windows XP and Vista Service Pack Reminder

You must be running latest Service Packs on your Windows XP and Vista computers if you want to continue to receive automatic security updates.

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To keep your computer secure, your computer’s Operating System (OS) must be current and capable of receiving new security updates. Microsoft’s Windows XP and Vista operating systems are now in the later part of their life cycle so it is critical that you verify that your computer is updated to the latest Service Packs in order to continue receiving security updates.

Microsoft Windows XP

This OS is now 10 years old and nearing End of Life (EOL) status. As of July 2010, Microsoft no longer provides automatic updates to Windows XP unless Service Pack 3 (SP3) is installed.

If you are unsure if you have installed Service Pack 3, just open “Control Panel” and click “System”. The version information will be displayed in the “General” tab. If you discover that you don’t have SP3 installed, I suggest you install it immediately. You can get it here.

Note, there is no SP3 for 64-bit versions of XP. However, 64-bit XP with SP2 is eligible for updates until April 8, 2014.

Microsoft Window Vista

If you are running Vista, you should know that as of last month (July 2011) Microsoft no longer provides automatic updates unless you have Service Pack 2 installed. If you don’t have it installed already, I recommend you do download and install it immediately. You can get it here.


While I generally have had very few troubles installing Windows Service Packs, it is still a good idea to be sure all of your data is backed up and in a safe place (away from the computer!) before installing them.

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