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Time’s Almost Up For Vista

Monday, February 13th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Security Help

Time is ticking for the Windows Vista operating system. Security and bug support for Vista ends on April 11, 2017. That means that there will be no more security updates for Vista. It will no longer be safe to go online with the Vista operating system.


Even if you have third-party security software, it won’t be able to keep your PC protected. Third-party security like Norton or Avast uses information provided by Microsoft to fix security holes. Without Microsoft’s input, they can’t permanently patch flaws in the operating system.

The options are the same as they were for users when XP ended. You could choose to stay offline and use your PC. In that case, you shouldn’t experience any issues.  You can check to see if your device would support an upgrade to Windows 7, 8.1, or 10. You could also consider switching to Linux.  But you really should do something.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Time’s Almost Up For Vista”

  1. Ernest White says:

    I don’t know any one who use Vista to even warn them!

    • Jadesqr says:

      Hey Ernest, Now you do! Not that we weren’t already aware, little by little support has been dwindling necessitating un-installing long used software, as it will not run especially on IE9. Its just hard to say ‘good-buy’ or to find one…

  2. Jadesqr says:

    Hey Cynthia, Thanks for the ‘Reminder’…really though, can’t see an upgrade to my old machine, probably purchase a newer ‘refurbished’ to save money. With all your info on Windows 10, makes it a must, including Edge; Cortana; etc.

  3. Gordon says:

    I am still using vista on a HP computer. I got the free upgrade disk for windows 7 but like a lot of microsoft stuff it won’t work. It goes through the process but when it tries to restart after the upgrade it says can not start windows 7. Reverting to windows vista. Then it restarts.After it restarts it does the same thing again. A continuous restart loop. Fortunately I had cloned the hard drive so I could go back to vista.
    I have a laptop that came with windows 7. I got the free upgrade to windows 10 and now it is so slow it is useless.I understand there is no software to make a dvd with windows 10. Very slow to start and equally slow after it starts. It was a little slow with win 7 but useable.It made the default yahoo search when I did the upgrade to win 10 and when I change it it changes back. It goes to the regular home page then right after it loads it goes to the yahoo search page.I don’t like windows 10 anyway but I suppose I could have gotten used to it but it made the computer useless. I hate the idea of buying a new computer when I have two computers. I think Microsoft is trying to force us to buy new computers by making the operating system obsolete or making it so the upgrades to another operating system causes the computer to go into a restart loop or slows it to a crawl. For anything they added with windows 10 they took something away. From what I have seen I haven’t seen anything new in win 10 that I use or care about. The inconvenience of learning a new system while losing capabilities of previous systems makes it more of a downgrade than an upgrade.I do have the recovery disk for the laptop but I never used it much because I prefer the desktop computer and it is faster. Now I have two computers. One with win 10 that is so slow it is useless and one with vista that I can’t upgrade to win 7 and if it would work with win 10 it probably would run like a snail.

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