Published: Wed, April 12, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Official Support for Windows Vista Ends April 11

Official Support for Windows Vista Ends April 11

Vista was supposed to bolster security with a new feature called User Account Control (UAC), which aimed to keep users from loading drivers or other software of questionable origin.

According to Microsoft's roadmap, mainstream support for an operating system ends five years after release and extended support ends 10 years after release.

More than 10 years after it first launched, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista.

The company says in a post on its website that it 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".

Users complained about how slow it was to load and that "Vista-capable" PCs-computers that were supposed to be able to run the operating system-really couldn't run it very well.

In other words, Windows Vista is dead in Microsoft's eyes.

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In turn, this means that you'll likely want to update to a newer version (Microsoft would prefer Windows 10, of course) if you don't want to put your computer at risk.

However, Microsoft appeared to be rediscovering its mojo in 2009 with the arrival of Windows 7.

The least-loved of the Microsoft operating systems has run out of road.

How many people will this affect? 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. Another issue was that Windows XP was just too well entrenched and Vista took too long to arrive, and was rapidly overtaken by its now much-loved successor Windows 7. In fact, the enormous popularity of Windows XP gave it a life spanning from 2001 all the way to April 2014.

And Your Pal Ched said: 'RIP Windows Vista.bad OS that will not be missed but my first computer ran on Vista and I loved that old thing'. So, if security issues weren't enough to get you to consider a newer version of Windows, the problem of incompatibility might be.

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