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What Does It Mean When Support for My Operating System Ends?

Microsoft Support for Windows Vista (with no service packs installed) ended on April 13, 2010, while support for Windows XP (without Service Pack 3 installed) ended on July 13, 2010. Windows 2000 support ended on July 13, 2010 as well.
There is no Service Pack 3 for the 64-bit version of Windows XP. If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP with SP2, you have the latest service pack and will continue to be eligible for support and receive updates until April 8, 2014.
If you are still running a version of Windows where support has ended, it means that version of Windows will no longer receive any updates from the Windows Update or Microsoft Update site. These updates are generally provided for security reasons to help protect the PC from harmful viruses, spyware, malware, and other malicious software. Windows Update also provides new drivers for your hardware that can improve the reliability of Windows.
Hackers love to take a security vulnerability in Windows and exploit it to their advantage. So, if a vulnerability is found in Windows XP or Windows Vista and you are not running the latest service pack, you will not be protected and will be at risk.

How Can I Tell What Service Pack is Installed?
Follow these steps to discover what Service Pack is installed:
1) Click on the Start Button
2) Right-click on either My Computer or Computer (depending on your Windows version)
3) Click on Properties
On this window, it should tell you which version of Windows along with which service pack is installed). It should also tell you whether you are running a 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows.

Where can I download the latest Service Pack for Windows?
For Windows XP, click on the following link to download Service Pack 3

For Windows XP Service Pack 3 info, click below :-
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/learn-how-to-install-windows-xp-service-pack-3-sp3

For Windows XP Service Pack 3 download, click below :-
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5B33B5A8-5E76-401F-BE08-1E1555D4F3D4

For Windows Vista, click on the following link to download Service Pack 2

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 info, click below :-
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Learn-how-to-install-Windows-Vista-Service-Pack-2-SP2

Windows Vista Service Pack 2 download, click below :-
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791

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All you need to call is 1-800-Microsoft (642-7676). You will first speak with a Customer Service Agent, you will be redirected to the right department for your issue. Miscrosoft has set-up team, activation, dept for virus issues and even sales. This is the link for the entire Microsoft contact support http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/cu_sc_selector_telephone. Please be reminded that Support for Windows Vista without any service packs installed ended on April 13, 2010. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2). For more information, refer to this Microsoft web page: Support is ending for some versions of Windows (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/end-support-windows-xp-sp2-windows-vista-without-service-packs) loadTOCNode(2, 'notice');

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Hi, I have Purchased Windows Vista Home Basic Edition From Malaysia on 05/03/2009 and activated from Malaysia.Now I am in India and when I re-Installed the same,I can not Activate the Windows! While I am trying to activate online showing an error code(0xC004C003) and a message "the activation server determined the specified product key is in use" Plse help me to solve this problem.Is it not possible to activate Windows which is purchased from Outside India? Plse advice me to solve this headache which I am facing nearly one month ! Thank you in Advance :)


This may be due to Windows end of Life policy.
You should try and call Microsoft directly from the phone number which should be displayed.
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How to fix error code. STOP: 0x0000C1F5


This issue occurs because the Common Log File System (Clfs.sys) driver does not fix the $TxfLog file when the file is corrupted. In addition to the Stop error message, Windows Vista may not start during startup until the offending disk is removed from the computer.
Support for Windows Vista without any service packs installed ended on April 13, 2010. To continue receiving security updates for Windows, make sure you're running Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 (SP2).
To fix this allow Microsoft Windows to update you to the latest service pack.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Install-Windows-updates

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i have word2000 and i want to open a word 2oo7 document how can i


Download this tools for Microsoft:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=941b3470-3ae9-4aee-8f43-c6bb74cd1466&displaylang=en

Please note that:

Overview Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, andsave files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007.The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with theMicrosoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPointViewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For moreinformation about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.

Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write documents containing complex scripts, please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925451 for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.

Administrators: The administrative template for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint converters contained within the Compatibility Pack is available for download.

Update: The Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1) is available here.
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System Requirements
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 4; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 1; Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Recommended Microsoft Office programs:
    • Microsoft Word 2000 with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Excel 2000with Service Pack 3, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 with Service Pack 3

    • Microsoft Word 2002 with Service Pack 3, Microsoft Excel 2002 withService Pack 3, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 with Service Pack 3

    • Microsoft Office Word 2003 with at least Service Pack 1, MicrosoftOffice Excel 2003 with at least Service Pack 1, and Microsoft OfficePowerPoint 2003 with at least Service Pack 1

    • Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003

    • Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003

    • Microsoft Office PowerPoint Viewer 2003

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InstructionsTo install this download:
  1. Ensure your system is up to date by installing all High-Priority/Required updates on Microsoft Update (required for Microsoft Office XP and 2003 users).

  2. After installing all High-Priority/Required updates with Microsoft Update, download the Compatibility Pack by clicking the Download button above and saving the file to your hard disk.

  3. Double-click the FileFormatConverters.exe program file on your hard disk to start the setup program.

  4. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.

To remove this download:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Control Panel.

  2. Select Add/Remove Programs.

  3. In the list of currently installed programs, select Compatibility Pack for the 2007 Office system and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a dialog box appears, follow the instructions to remove the program.

  4. Click Yes or OK to confirm that you want to remove the program.

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