Windows Vista was not a popular Microsoft release. We can just say it. Launched in 2007 (after a few delays), it was the first Windows overhaul since the well-loved XP release in 2001. Six years is a long time to make people wait, no matter how great the replacement. And Vista, well, was not great. A decade later, Microsoft’s finally pulling the plug on support tomorrow. Which means, if you’re somehow stuck with Microsoft’s least popular operating system, it’s time to move on. Like, now.
That lack of support after April 11—which applies to Internet Explorer 9 as well—doesn’t just mean basic inattention. From here on out there will be no more Vista security patches, no more bug fixes, and no more technical help. Operating systems that are no longer supported are much more vulnerable to attack, because bad actors who find vulnerabilities in the software know that they will be able to exploit them for years without needing to worry about the bug getting patched. Honestly, you’ll be doing yourself a bunch of favors all at once by upgrading past Vista.
“The time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies, -Microsoft Officials Said.
1) What is Windows Vista end of support?
As of April 11, 2017, Windows Vista customers are no longer receiving new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Microsoft has provided support for Windows Vista for the past 10 years, but the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
2) What happens if I continue to use Windows Vista?
If you continue to use Windows Vista now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so if your Windows Vista PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista.
Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows Vista. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you’ll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials (or any other antivirus software) will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. This means that PCs running Windows Vista will not be secure and will still be at risk for virus and malware.
3) How do I know if I’m running Windows Vista?
To find out if you’re running Windows Vista, follow these steps:
Click the Start button, and then type winver in the search box.
Double-click winver in the list of results to open the About Windows dialog box, where you’ll see the version of Windows that your PC is running.
4) Do I need to get Windows 10 to stay protected?
Yes, the best way to stay protected is to get Windows 10, which is the latest version of Windows. You have two ways to get Windows 10:
Upgrade your current PC:
You can purchase a full version of Windows 10, but you should first make sure that your computer can run it. Very few older computers are able to run Windows 10. We recommend that you check out the Windows 10 specifications page to find out if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 10. For more detailed information, read the FAQ.
Get a new PC:
If your current PC can’t run Windows 10, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. Be sure to explore our great selection of new PCs. They’re more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before—and with an average price that’s considerably less expensive than the average PC was 10 years ago.
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