Support for Windows Vista Ends Soon

Posted on: March 14, 2017 in Hardware, Security, Software

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Microsoft has announced that support for Windows Vista users will end on April 11th, 2017. Windows Vista is over a decade old, so it comes at no surprise that they want users to upgrade.

What does this mean for current users?

When Microsoft pulls the plug on supporting an operating system, they will stop providing security updates and hotfixes. They will also stop providing support services for the operating system.

According to Microsoft, continuing to use Windows Vista after April 11th will be done at your own risk. “Your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses,” Microsoft writes. “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.”

Microsoft has also noted that they have removed access for Windows Vista users to be able to download its Security Essentials software. Users that already have the software installed will still be able to download new definitions, but that ability may end at any time.

Time for an upgrade

Microsoft suggests that users upgrade to their new Windows 10 operating system. There are very few older computers that are capable of running Windows 10, so a new computer may be the best way to go. If you check if your computer can handle Windows 10 you can view their system requirements page, but we recommend checking your computer manufacturer’s website for Windows 10 support for your system. Just because your computer meets the minimum requirements, does not mean that all of the needed software and drivers for your computer will be available.

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