Windows Vista support is ending

After April, 11 2017 Windows Vista will be unsupported forever.

Windows Vista customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.

As Microsoft notes, however, running an older operating system means taking risks—and those risks will become far worse after the deadline.

Vista’s Internet Explorer 9 has long since expired, and the lack of any further updates means that any existing vulnerabilities will never be patched—ever. Even if you have Microsoft’s Security Essentials installed—Vista’s own antivirus program—you’ll only receive new signatures for a limited time.

If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. 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. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more applications and devices that do not work with Windows Vista.

Can I upgrade my computer?

Unfortunately, most Vista computers are older than the 5-year average life span of a computer, so upgrading to a newer version of Windows on that computer may not prove to be good value for money.

Get a new PC

If your current PC can’t run Windows 10, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one.

If you decided to buy a new computer, we can transfer your data (documents, photos, videos, music) to a new computer.

Not sure what to do or need a help? Give us a call today!

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