Reminder: Support for Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 Ends July 13, 2010
Here is the reminder for the organisations and users about Windows XP mainstream support from Microsoft Lifecycle services:
As we announced in 2008, support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on July 13, 2010. Support for Windows 2000 will end on the same date. Customers running an unsupported version of Windows or Windows service pack will not be eligible for any Microsoft support options. Updates, including security updates released with bulletins from the Microsoft Security Response Center, will be reviewed and built for the supported versions and service packs only. The most current service packs are available to organizations, and they are easily deployed via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services/Microsoft System Center, and the Microsoft Download Center. To better understand the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy and your support options visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page.
Updating your Windows XP and Windows 2000 PCs before the end of mainstream support dates will ensure your PCs stay supported and receive security updates. The best way to be secure and supported is by migrating to Windows 7. Click here for more information on end of support for Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Server, and click here for details on end of support for Windows XP SP2.
Also you need to take action if you are running SQL Server 2000 on a Windows 2000 Server whereby the environment is out of mainstream support, so the plan is to perform upgrade of operating system and SQL Server at the same time and best practice is to go with side-by-side upgrade practice by having Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 or R2.
Look here for SQL Server Upgrade resource information...