Microsoft says users are best served by migrating to Windows 10 or Windows 8.1.Microsoft offers resources and tools to help users deploy and manage Windows 10.Traditionally those updates are service packs but more often these days they're semi-regular and significant updates via Windows Update.In fact, in Windows 10 and Windows 8, the service pack, as we know it from previous versions of Windows, is essentially a dead idea.After restarting, your computer will do some post-install configuration and you will see screens like this.Microsoft regularly releases major updates to their Windows operating systems.'There are no current plans to remove existing Windows XP security updates from Windows Update after end of support on April 8, 2014,' a spokesperson confirmed." .The fact is, none of us will have looked everywhere and we will find some forgotten machines.
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As it turned out, that machine had a solid motherboard and a 10,000 RPM (! My wife needed a spare box to use as a scanning workstation and rather than run out and buy a new machine, I scoured the boneyard, finding this beast.
But it had XP on it, and since it hadn't been run (or dusted) since before the days of SP3, it wouldn't upgrade until I first upgraded it to SP3.
I thought I'd found all our VMs and critical machines, but I had forgotten one machine that happened to be buried behind a box of cleaning supplies in the garage.
Like many of you, I have a lot of old machines and parts scattered around, used for certain projects and discarded or placed into the limbo we call the garage shelves.