How much longer can you afford to run Windows 2000?

As predicted here 4 days ago Zotob hit the Internet pretty hard. CNN reports that CNN, ABC and the New York Times took a pretty big hit. All of this prompted Microsoft to release an official statement – The text says:


Zotob has thus far had a low rate of infection. Zotob only targets Windows 2000. Customers running other versions such as Windows XP, or customers who have applied the MS05-039 update to Windows 2000 are not impacted by this attack.


I am guessing the press people at Microsoft have not read the Internet buzz around this one yet?


So how much longer will Microsoft bail the 5 and ½ year old Windows 2000 out of these messes? As you are probably aware official support for Windows 2000 ended June 30th, 2005.  Days before Microsoft released Microsoft Security Advisory (891861) (

Release of Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4). Here is the link to the KB which will allow you to download the rollup, if you have not done so already. Notice that this is a rollup; service packs for Windows 2000 are a thing of the past. states that service packs are supported for 12 months, it does not mention rollups.


Will the next big worm/virus/bug that hits Windows 2000 have a supported fix? 5 and ½ years is a long time for any software product. Microsoft has made great strides with XP – SP2 and Windows Server 2003 – SP1 to cut down on worms/virus/bugs, and it appears to be working.

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