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Is Vista Safe To Use?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips
 
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Norma writes:

I am currently using an XP computer. My sister was using a Vista computer. She died last January. My nephew is going to clean up her computer for me to use. Would that system be safe?

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Norma, Windows Vista will be supported by Microsoft until 2017. There’s also a good chance that computer could be upgraded to Windows 7, which will be supported until 2020. To learn more about Microsoft’s support policy for its products, click here.

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “Is Vista Safe To Use?”

  1. Ron MVP says:

    Yes Vista is still “safe” to use.

    The big question is exactly how will the computer be “cleaned up”. The best and only really “safe” way is to reinstall Windows and all of your applications. The computer probably has a “recovery” partition that can be selected during boot time to do the re-install for you. After that re-install you will also have to run Windows Update (MANY times) scans until there are not more updates found to apply. Then you can re-install all of your applications.

    Before doing the Windows re-install, make sure you have the installation disk and product keys / registration numbers for all of the programs you plan to re-install.

    You may also want to make a backup copy of your sisters personal files before doing the re-install.

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