Windows 98 and me users on their own

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By  Published  July 31, 2006

Windows 98 and Windows ME users will no longer be able to look for support from Microsoft as both operating systems simultaneously reached their end-of-life dates on July 11.

Microsoft had originally planned to axe support for both platforms as early as January 2004,
but the company decided instead to push back this date to June 30, 2006.

In January of this year, the firm then again announced that the date would move, this time back less, to 11 July.

This allowed for one final security update to be made for Windows 98.

This update is available now from the firm’s Windows Update website (at www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com) for users with legitimate copies of the operating system.

However, the company will not fix a critical vulnerability discovered in both 98 and ME earlier in the year, despite a prior pledge to do so.

The reason given by Microsoft officials, and detailed in our story last issue, was that this “re-engineering” would take, “a significant amount of a critical core component of the operating system”, after which it warned that there would be no assurance applications designed to run on these platforms would continue to operate.”

According to Microsoft’s specific support site - at

www.microsoft.com/windows/support/endofsupport.mspx - support for Windows XP SP1 is set to cease on October 11 this year.

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