I think they just want to phase out support for 9x systems all at the same time.
Win 2000 is NT based.
George (Bindar Dundat
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|>>> 3) Support for Win98 and ME should originally have expired years
|>>> ago, but MS extended their life until this year to allow more
|>>> time for less wealthy nations and people to upgrade
|>> That was the official, Milkro$haft white-washed reason. The real
|>> reason was strategic - to block any inroads by other OS's like Linux
|>> onto those Win-98 boxes. Better to keep those systems running 98 vs
|>> creating an opportunity (or need) for them to migrate to some other
|>> non-MS OS.
|>>> - this is nothing new.
|>> What do you mean "this is nothing new". Why make a comment like
|>> that? Of course it's new, and it's out of character for MS to extend
|>> support for an OS that has been off the shelf for so long. Where have
|>> they done something similar?
|>> If I install Win-98se from scratch in, say, August, and then I connect
|>> to the WindowsUpdate website, will the site still function for me and
|>> push any and all updates and patches to me (like it does now) ???
| AFAIK, it will still work in August as it does now. The only difference
| is that there will not be any new security updates after July 11, 2006.
| By the way, check out these frequently asked questions and I notice a
| contradiction here. This is about the extension of expiration of 9x
| products. From:
| Microsoft continually evaluates customer requirements and makes
| adjustments to our support policies on an ongoing basis. This is not the
| first time we've decided to extend the support end date for a product.
| Customers can always rest assured that support for a product is never
| reduced - only occasionally lengthened - based on customer requirements
| 13. Why aren't you applying the new lifecycle timeline of seven years to
| Windows Me?
| To reduce confusion for customers and extend support for both products,
| we decided to implement a single, consistent date for ending support for
| operating systems still covered by the older support lifecycle policies.
| It sounds like people who bought Windows Me in hopes of a seven year
| support date are out of luck. "Customers can always rest assured that
| support for a product is never reduced - only occasionally lengthened -
| based on customer requirements" What about the reduction of support for
| Windows Me. Also, Windows Me arrived after Windows 2000 so it should
| come under the same longer lifecycle. I think it is clear that Windows
| Me was a failure and Microsoft does not really want to admit that.
| Anyway, these are just my thoughts and opinions. Finally, I do thank
| and appreciate all of the support Microsoft has given me as a Windows 98
| Second Edition user.