Last month Microsoft officially ended support for unpatched versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. As of 13 July, computers that do not have the latest Service Pack installed will no longer receive security updates. The announcement, which is in line with standard Microsoft policy, means that users who are still running Windows XP original (RTM), Windows XP with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Vista original (RTM) must upgrade immediately in order to continue receiving security updates.
The most current versions of Windows supported by Microsoft are Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows 7 original (RTM). To check which version of Windows you are using:
- Open My Computer;
- Click on the Help menu (in Windows Vista and Windows 7, press the ALT key to reveal the menus); and
- Select About Windows.
If you are not running the most current version of Windows, then you can download the most current Service Pack from the Microsoft website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/service-packs