Windows Vista now End of Life

Yesterday, April 11th 2017, marked the end of updates and support for the Windows Vista Operating System. This means there will be no more security patches, bug fixes or technical help available from Microsoft.

Security Risks

If you are still running Windows Vista we strongly recommend that you upgrade or replace your system. Operating systems that are no longer supported are much more vulnerable to attack, as vulnerabilities in the software will no longer be patched. Having a good antivirus / internet security solution is not enough to protect you.

The Windows Lifecycle

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.

Below are the key cut-off dates for each version of Windows.

Extended support for Windows XP ended three years ago back in 2014.

Windows 7 is still widely used and supported until January 2020, Windows 8.1 is supported until 2023 and Windows 10 is supported until at least 2025.

Not sure if you are running Windows Vista?

If you are not sure what version of Windows you have installed, you can visit http://whatsmyos.com/ to find out!

Upgrade Options

Wight Computers can help you seamlessly transition from Windows Vista to a platform that is fast, modern, reliable and secure. Get in touch with us if you think you are affected, to discuss your options.