Official Support for Windows Vista Ends April 11

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13 April, 2017

The follow-up to Microsoft's popular Windows XP operating system, Vista failed to live up to the marketing hype or users expectations when it was originally released back in 2006.

Carrying on using Vista will leave your computer vulnerable to viruses and malware, it also warned. Windows XP is now kaput as of the 8th April 2017, and Vista's extended support is cut as of tomorrow, the 11th April 2017. Well, Vista users can opt to continue to use an increasingly unsafe operating system, or they can upgrade their PC to a newer Microsoft OS.

Windows Vista released in April 2004 and had several issues throughout its life, such as heavily hogging resources and making user control hard. Along with Windows Vista, Microsoft has also dropped the support for Internet Explorer 9 as well. In a blog post, the company explained that Vista customers will no longer receive "new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft". So why risk when you can upgrade to more stable versions like Windows 10?

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.

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Windows Vista was originally launched in January of 2007, five years after the company launched Windows XP. You need to check if you're computer can host Windows 10, however. With Microsoft withdrawing the extended support for the operating system, any vulnerability that comes to light won't ever be patched. Microsoft had already ended mainstream support for Vista several years-April 10, 2012, to be exact. Windows 10 is the only desktop version of the OS still available for sale, and may not be compatible with older graphics adapters, too. This new operating system focuses more on artificial intelligence like other tech companies do.

Unfortunately upon its release, Vista gained largely negative reviews, despite the security improvements.

With official support for Windows Vista soon to end, we have chose to end our support of this now legacy operating system. The new operating system introduced the new Aero UI elements that acted as a ground in the development of Windows 7.


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