If you are still on Windows Vista, it’s time to upgrade as Microsoft has now announced that it will drop the support for the OS which was initially launched back in 2006. After a pretty solid run with Windows XP, Microsoft had a tough time dealing with all the issues which Windows Vista. Apart from compatibility issues, Windows Vista was full of bugs, glitches which forced most of the users to sit on Windows XP until Microsoft released its Windows 7 in 2009.
Microsoft said in a blog post – “Microsoft 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 so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”
In other words, as of April 11, Microsoft will not provide any security updates, bug fixes or new updates to Windows Vista users.
Can you still use Windows Vista?
Yes, you can still use Windows Vista on your machine but it will be more prone to security risks and viruses now so we recommend you to upgrade to a more recent OS from Microsoft. Further, you will now notice a lot of software developers dropping the support for Windows Vista as well. Along with Windows Vista, Microsoft has also dropped the support for Internet Explorer 9 as well.
The blog post also read – “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.”
If you still have Windows Vista on your PC, you will stop receiving Microsoft Security Essentials and if you already have them installed, you’ll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time.
How to check what Windows OS you are running on your PC?
In order to find which Windows OS you are running on your PC, Go to Start > type ‘winver’ > double click the command shown in the search results > check windows version under About Windows.