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Remember Windows Vista? Microsoft just officially killed it

13 April 2017, 01:41 | Shelley Chandler

Credit Microsoft

Credit Microsoft

Even worse is that Vista users could potentially have to pay for two operating system upgrades: (one to Windows 7 and then one to Windows 10).

While Vista users will be able to continue using the system after support has ended, chances are software-makers will gradually cease to build apps for the platform. "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 continued.

In other words, as of April 11, Microsoft will not provide any security updates, bug fixes or new updates to Windows Vista users. The ride is over.

For Microsoft, there is an ulterior motive for ending Vista support: Not only is it another product to maintain, but the company is also looking for more success for Windows 10.

Just how much old Windows is in use is actually unclear: according to research by Spiceworks, just over half of businesses still have at least one PC running Windows XP and almost one in 10 still have Windows Vista running somewhere too.

Can you still use Windows Vista? Its adoption was so low, Microsoft extended its sales of Windows XP five months longer than initially intended, and laptop vendors including Dell, HP, and Lenovo continued to include a copy of XP after they were no longer allowed to sell laptops with it preinstalled. Your choices for moving to Windows 10 are simple, either buy a license for it (to retain your PC) or buy a new PC altogether. Double-click winver in the results listed, and the About Windows dialog box will open. The company announced the end of Vista in a blog post on its website. Perhaps most famous for introducing alerts whenever users attempted to make changes, the operating system was best known for constantly interrupting work rhythm with needless alerts. XP launched in 2001 as the first "fun" version of Windows that had a graphical interface that had been designed for people with aesthetics in mind.

Codenamed Longhorn, the operating system arrived in 2006 with high expectations as the company hyped up Windows Vista with plenty of new features that would appeal to users, both old and new. This is when Windows Vista has become obsolete, and it is important to update if it is installed on your computer. Otherwise, it could be time to go computer shopping.

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