How To Extend EOL In Windows Vista SP2

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    flavallee

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    The official End Of Life(EOL) for Windows Vista SP2 occurred in April 2017.
    The official End Of Life(EOL) for Windows Server 2008 occurred in January 2020.
    Because both use the same code, the unofficial EOL date for Windows Vista SP2 can be extended another 33 months (May 2017 – January 2020) by installing Windows Server 2008 updates.

    Depending on whether your computer has the 32-bit(x86) version or 64-bit(x64) version of Windows Vista SP2, type in the following text:
    Windows Server 2008 for x86-based Systems
    or
    Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
    at the Microsoft Update Catalog site,
    then click "Search".
    The list of updates will appear.

    Select and obtain ALL of the security and other updates for May 2017 for:
    Windows Server 2008 for x86-based Systems
    or
    Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems

    WARNING! Do NOT select and obtain any updates for:
    Windows Server 2008 R2 for x86-based Systems
    or
    Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
    Those updates use the same code as Windows 7 SP1 and will not work in Windows Vista SP2.

    After that’s done, load the “Services” window.
    Scroll down to the “Windows Update” entry, then right-click it, then click “Stop”.
    After that service stops running, install one of the saved updates for May 2017.
    After it’s installed, close its window and do NOT restart your computer.
    Repeat this same process until ALL of the updates for May 2017 are installed.
    You can now restart your computer.

    After your computer restarts, go back to the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
    Select and obtain ALL of the security and other updates for June 2017.
    Repeat the above same process for that month.

    Repeat the above same process in chronological order from May 2017 until August 2018.

    Beginning in September 2018 and until January 2020, ONLY the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update needs to be obtained and installed.

    The only additional exceptions are:
    April 2019 KB4493730 update
    September 2019 KB4517134 and KB4474419 updates
    November 2019 KB4526478 update
    December 2019 KB4531787 update
    January 2020 KB4536953 update

    The April 2019 update must be installed and your computer restarted BEFORE the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update for July 2019 is installed.
    The September 2019 updates must be installed and your computer restarted BEFORE the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update for September 2019 is installed.
    The November 2019 update must be installed and your computer restarted BEFORE the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update for November 2019 is installed.
    The December 2019 update must be installed and your computer restarted BEFORE the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update for December 2019 is installed.
    The January 2020 update must be installed and your computer restarted BEFORE the “Security Quality Monthly Rollup” update for January 2020 is installed.

    After you finally reach and are done with the month of January 2020, Windows Vista SP2 will be completely up-to-date to its January 2020 unofficial EOL date.

    (This guide was updated on January 15, 2020)
     
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    Mike Lynch

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    I ran into problems trying to implement your Guide.
    Some installed but most did not.
    I took Snips as I went along, their names 'sort' of describe them.
    I felt I should stop and report to insure I was doing things correctly.

    Capture - Top of page.JPG Capture - Bottom of page with overlap.JPG Please correct me as there must be a lot of additional updates based on the years. Capture - Top of page.JPG
     

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    I'm involved with testing Windows XP SP3 32-bit, so I stopped testing Windows Vista SP2 64-bit.
    The post-EOL guide worked fine, but it was very time-consuming to deploy 33 months of post-EOL updates.
     
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