Windows Vista End of Life

 

Are you using Windows Vista, or know anyone who is still using this operating system?  The end is here. It's time - really! And with all the various security issues that we deal with daily, going bare is NOT an option.  


Windows Vista's lifecycle comes to an end on April 11, 2017. This date is the end of extended support and end of life.1 We strongly recommend that you upgrade or replace any personal and business Windows Vista machines to Windows 10.  

Mainstream support for Vista ended back in April 2012. Mainstream support includes requests to change product design and features, non-security updates, and complimentary support. Extended support for Vista ends on April 11, 2017, which means there will no longer be security updates, any non-security updates, and paid support available.2

With no available updates (complimentary or paid), continuing to use Windows Vista after April 2017 could open you up to potential security risks.  

As we know Microsoft publishes end of mainstream support and extended support well in advance. Security and other important patches are available between the end of mainstream support and the end of extended support, so there's no reason to panic - just start planning. We can help!

  • Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in January 2015.  Exended support ends in January 2020.
  • Mainstream support for Windows 8 ends in January 2018 and Windows 10 in 2020.

1 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet
2 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14085
 

 

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