Overtime looms for developers and sys admins alike in the run-up to Microsoft's plans to stop supporting Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 from 13 July.
The many enterprise users still running XP desktops, often tied to proprietary software, have two months to upgrade to windows XP SP3 if they want security patches and support.
Microsoft’s Extended Support for XP runs until April 8, 2014, at which point the operating system will finally be put out to pasture. By that point the operating system, released in August 2001, will be approaching 13 years old.
Patches and support for Windows 2000 (desktop and server) also cease on 13 July. Microsoft advises users to upgrade to Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008.
MS had some good foresight to include XP Mode in Windows 7 for this sort of migration issue. I know that there are some limitations with virtual PCs, but XP Mode lets you work with a lot of legacy apps in a very seamless manner. However, I think the XP Mode virtual machine is based on SP3. That might be an issue for some of these holdouts.