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Please read the following information regarding Microsofts discontinuing security updates for Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows ME and Windows 98. FMTC believes our customers need to be aware of the security risks these versions of Windows present.

End of support for Windows 98 and Windows ME

Effective July 11, 2006, Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Me (and their related components) will transition to a non-supported status. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates. Microsoft is not offering a custom support agreement for these products.

If you are currently running one of these versions of Windows, Microsoft recommends an upgrade to Windows XP Service Pack 2.

End of support for Windows XP Service Pack 1

On October 10, 2006, Microsoft will end all public assisted support for Windows XP Service Pack1 (SP1). After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide any incident support options or security updates for this retired service pack under the policies defined by the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

To enhance the security of your computer and to continue to receive updates for Windows XP, Microsoft recommends you upgrade your computer, for free, to Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

No fix for 'critical' hole in Windows 98, ME

Microsoft will not fix a serious flaw in Windows 98 and Windows Millennium Edition because a patch could break other applications.

The security bug relates to Windows Explorer and could let an intruder commandeer a vulnerable PC, Microsoft warned in April. The software maker has made fixes available for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000, but it has found that eliminating the vulnerability in Windows 98 and ME is "not feasible," it said.

"To do so would require re-engineering a significant amount of a critical core component of the operating system," Microsoft said in a Thursday update to its MS06-015 security bulletin. "After such a re-engineering effort, there would be no assurance that applications designed to run on these platforms would continue to operate."

Microsoft strongly recommends that users still running these older versions of Windows upgrade to a newer, more secure version, such as Windows XP SP2, as soon as possible.

For more information vist Microsofts web site.