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Windows XP SP1 follows 9x into History


Microsoft first introduced Service Pack 2 for Windows XP back in 2004. There was initially a lot of gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over it because some of the new features in XP SP2, such as the firewall, broke many custom and some commercial applications. Many organizations chose to sit out Service Pack 2 entirely, and just stuck with SP1 on their workstations. That strategy was fine so long as Microsoft was going to continue supporting Service Pack 1. However, just as it stopped supporting Windows 9x over the summer, Microsoft XP Service Pack 1 is relegated to History.

With Vista shipping at some point in the near future, I'm sure that throwing the old software over the side makes support issues a lot easier for them. It's hard enough properly supporting one operating system, not to mention one that's several years or several revisions old. Because many people still use Windows 98, I was more irritated by its abandonment than I am about XP SP1.

Windows 2000 Professional will still be supported until the end of the decade and Windows XP itself probably won't be fully abandoned any time in the forseeable future. That date won't be determined until Windows Vista finally ships. Windows XP SP1 was more of a stop gap solution until organizations got used to what was new in SP2. As such, and two years later, it makes little sense to keep supporting it.

Microsoft has quietly been abandoning it for some time. Most of the new features that you can download for XP, such as the Desktop Search feature, require XP SP2. All this formal abandonment does is make official what's been happening slowly for over a year.

So: Farewell Windows XP SP1. Now we just have to wait until Microsoft gets around to shipping Service Pack 3. 

4 comments
j.g.camp
j.g.camp

Microsoft cutting off support to force the Vista upgrade. If SP2 broke applications, Vista will trash even more. The other guy George Ou, seems to think we want to patch applications with an Application Compatibility Toolkit patch in this article. "Making Vista run legacy applications is easy" "http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/Ou/?p=344&tag=nl.e138" I am glad I decided to go with Ubuntu Linux earlier this year. If I'm going to have to be reprogrammed because of Vista, Ubuntu makes more sense, I won't have to pay hundreds of dollars for upgrades in software, even hardware.

mashalom
mashalom

Yeah, Vista is just the glorified Service Pack 3 for XP.

Ole Man
Ole Man

It's just one sneaky trick after another to force upgrades to their monopolistic Arcane over-invasive controlling expensive wares. I still use XP SP/1 and will continue to do so until they make it impossible. Then it's bye-bye Mity-soft for me.

Ian Gregory
Ian Gregory

At the moment, it seems that too many problems are showing on the VISTA front, so I think that MS will ship an SP3 soon. We rarely - if ever - hear of problems to a Service Pack, however as most will admit, we have heard of one problem after another for VISTA. At the same time MS have already publicly put back the release date of the package, now they are trying to get it sorted out for release in January 2007. I think that if they miss that - for instance if they are forced to postpone the release date again, we'll see another Service Pack for XP.

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