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 – http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/aug05/08-16zotob.mspx. 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) (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/891861.mspx)


Release of Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4). Here is the link to the KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/891861 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. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/lifecycle/servicepacks.mspx 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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