Windows XP Mainstream Support

I just read the Mainstream Support for Windows XP is ending on April 14, 2009. Extended support will continue until April 8, 2014.  Here is a table from Microsoft defining the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support.

Support provided

Mainstream Support phase

Extended Support phase

Paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others)

X

X

Security update support

X

X

Non-security hotfix support

X

Requires extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending.

No-charge incident support

X

Warranty claims

X

Design changes and feature requests

X

Product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base

X

X

Product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions

X

X

Windows XP will be supported for a total of 13 years.  That’s impressive for an OS that cost about $200.00.  Out of all the different versions of Windows, I really like Windowx XP Professional.  It is a solid OS and in my opinion it is better than Vista.

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