, devSpeed wrote

Microsoft dropped support for XP in SQL Server with 2008 R2 SP1. *snip*

Where is the support policy defined for SQL Server that states that?

The documentation lists Windows XP for several flavors of R2.  Subsequent service packs wouldn't remove that ... surely?

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