Final countdown begins for Windows 2000

Microsoft to release final patch bundle for aging operating system.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  March 3, 2005

There will be no fifth service pack for Microsoft's Windows 2000 OS. Instead the company will issue a one-off security update for the aging OS, named 'Update Rollup', in mid-2005. Microsoft last month announced how Update Rollup, for Windows 2000's Service Pack 4 (SP4), will contain all security-related updates produced for the OS between the time SP4 was released and the release of this last major update. Update Rollup will also contain some non-security updates. Nick McGrath, who head's up Microsoft platform strategy unit, was quoted by bink.us as saying the update will not be the last single patch for the 2000 OS, rather that it will be the last full patch bundle, after which "There will only be hot-fix releases." To deploy Update Rollup, Windows 2000 users must have first installed SP4. Update Rollup itself should require less pre-deployment testing than a full service pack however, as the total number of updates included will be lower than the number normally included in a full SP release, plus by mid-2005 Microsoft will have already released most of the patches in the Update Rollup as individual updates. When it appears, the Update Rollup will be listed as a 'Critical Update' on Windows Update. Machines will remain on SP4 once the update has been installed and the update will make PCs running Windows 2000 'up-to-date' from a life-cycle policy point of view until the End Of Life (EOL) of the OS, which Microsoft says will be no sooner than January 1, 2010. Windows Middle East's advice for all Windows 2000 users is to keep their systems as up-to-date (and secure) as possible by making sure they deploy Windows 2000 SP4 and choosing to add the Update Rollup as soon as it becomes available.

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