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With the end of support (EOS) coming for several products, moving to Windows 7 and utilizing the many features built into the product can help you achieve a more secure and compliant platform for your users, reduce your help desk costs, and increase performance and reliability for your end users. Here are some key dates to remember:


March 1, 2010 – Windows 7 RC pre-expiration shut downs begin.


Beginning March 1, the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) will start to shut down every two hours in preparation for its expiration on June 1, 2010. That means you will need to migrate your RC systems to a released to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7; or your previous operating system. Remember to back up all your data as either option will require a clean installation.


April 13, 2010 – Support for Windows Vista RTM ends.


To help ensure your Windows Vista PCs stay secure and up to date, make sure they are running Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Service Pack 2 (SP2).


July 13, 2010 – Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 ends.


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