Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2c has released to manufacturing and will be available to system builders in September 2007.
Critical Action Item:
System builders who use imaging must create new Windows XP Professional images with Service Pack 2c when shipping Service Pack 2c product keys; otherwise end users will not be able to complete installation.
SP2c to Resolve Shortage of Windows XP Product Keys
Due to the longevity of Windows XP Professional, it has become necessary to produce more product keys for system builders in order to support the continued availability of Windows XP Professional through the scheduled system builder channel end-of-life (EOL) date of January 31, 2009.
See Windows Life-Cycle Web site for more information on Microsoft’s support policy.
Timeline and Versions for SP2c Release
SP2c will be released into the System Builder channel in September to provide system builders with a new, extended range of product keys that will ship with:
- Windows XP Professional (except for Simplified Chinese, Russian and Korean languages)
- Windows XP Professional N
This release does not impact the following versions:
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
- Microsoft Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition
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