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How To Extend "End Of Life" In Windows Vista SP2

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by flavallee, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Microsoft ceased all support for Windows Vista SP2 in April 2017.
    However, its "end of life" can be extended to January 2020 (an additional 2 years 9 months) by installing the monthly updates for Windows Server 2008.
    As of this writing, monthly updates are available at the Microsoft Update Catalog site for the period of May 2017 - April 2019.

    Each month contains several updates, so it will be a very time-consuming process to bring Windows Vista SP2 up-to-date.
    Select and download the updates for May 2017, then install ALL of them before restarting the computer.
    If any of them says it doesn't apply to your system, ignore it and go to the next one.
    Repeat the process with June 2017 and continue in chronological order until you reach April 2019.

    Depending on whether your computer has the 32-bit(x86) version or 64-bit(x64) version of Windows Vista SP2, type in the following at the Microsoft Update Catalog site:
    windows server 2008 for x86-based systems
    windows server 2008 for x64-based systems

    After that's done, click the "Last Updated" link so the updates are listed from newest to oldest.

    Important!
    Do not select any of the updates that have R2 after "Windows Server 2008".
    Those updates apply to Windows 7 SP1 and not to Windows Vista SP2.

    This is an example of the May 2017 updates for the 64-bit(x64) version.

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    Good luck. (y)

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  2. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    Depending on which version and bit number of Windows Vista SP2 you use, there are about 200 post-"end of life" updates between May 2017 and April 2019.
    Depending on which method you use and how fast your computer is, the entire 24 months of updates will take a few hours to install.

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