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Windows2000 End-of-life Information

Windows 2000 End-of-life Q&A

Microsoft Vista is now the default operating system for SCS Facilities-supported Windows hosts. While we will continue to provide full support for Windows XP, we are currently phasing out support for Windows 2000. If you are still running a supported Windows 2000 system, plan to migrate soon.

Most, if not all, remaining Windows 2000 hosts fail to meet our recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista. We are thus advising users who wish to keep these computers to migrate now to Windows XP.

Is my system too old to run Windows XP?

Most systems that are running Windows 2000 will support Windows XP.

My hard drive is almost full. Can I still migrate?

Since this migration comes at our recommendation, SCS Computing Facilities will work with you regarding your space issues, even going so far as to upgrade your hard drive if necessary.

Will I lose any of my data and/or programs?

The PC Engineering Team strongly recommends that users allow us to perform a clean installation of Windows XP. This procedure will involve moving all user data and reinstalling all of the SCS Baseline software.
  • Users will need to reinstall any software that is not part of the SCS SCS baseline suite
  • Systems running Office 2000 will be upgraded to Office 2003 (or Office 2007, on request)

I really don't want to reinstall all of my extra software. What other options do I have?

It is possible to upgrade a system from Windows 2000 to Windows XP without doing a clean installation. This method greatly increases the likelihood that there will be immediate or future problems with the system (non-functioning hardware, upgrade failure, etc.) It is also likely that upgrades will take significantly longer than clean installations due to the fact that a comprehensive backup of the system would be made prior to this process. But for those few who may opt for an upgrade, software settings (email, etc.) and installations (Adobe Acrobat Professional, eMacs, etc) would be preserved. Again, due to the number of risks involved, we strongly advise against opting for an upgrade.

Why are you doing this again?

Microsoft has announced the end of advanced support for Windows 2000. This means that soon Microsoft will no longer develop and issue security patches for this operating system.

Do I have to do this?

In short, the answer is "No." However, systems running Windows 2000 after 1 Aug 2008 will no longer be eligible for hardware or software support by SCS Computing Facilities. Network support will still be offered. Users should be aware that they will be responsible for maintaining the security of these computers (patches while available, etc.) on their own. Any system found to have been compromised will be removed from the network per our network usage policy.

I am also responsible for a Windows 2000 Server. Is this affected as well?

During this phase of our Win2k operation, we are only working on PCs. Given that migration of servers is much more complex and likely requires extensive planning, this process will be addressed separately. However, it is probably a good idea to start making a note of the impact this pending migration will have on your operations.