Support for Windows 98 and ME ceases

Windows 98 and Windows ME users will no longer be able to look for support from Microsoft as both operating systems have simultaneously reached their end-of-life dates as of 11 July 2006

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 12, 2006

Windows 98 and Windows ME users will no longer be able to look for support from Microsoft as both operating systems have simultaneously reached their end-of-life dates as of 11 July 2006. Microsoft had originally planned to axe support for both operating systems back in January 2004 but the firm pushed back the date to 30 June 2006. In January of this year, the firm again announced the date would move back slightly to 11 July to allow for one final security update to be made for Windows 98. This will soon be available for download from the firm’s website (www.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 is that this would take too much time and effort in addition to the lack of dedicated resources for the old operating system. Microsoft has also said on its site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/support/endofsupport.mspx) that support for Windows XP SP1 would also cease on 11 October 2006.

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