Windows Vista End-Of-Life: What this means for you

by Lou Horton on July 13, 2017

Windows Vista End Of SupportThe clock has run out for Windows Vista users. On April 11th 2017, Microsoft ceased all support and security patching, just like they did with previous Windows versions.  Naturally, you’re rather attached to your current operating system and not exactly leaping for joy at this news!

Microsoft Vista End Of Life

Unfortunately, the longer your computer goes without an upgrade, the higher the chance of a complete system breach. Even if you were watching the count-down and thinking about scheduling an upgrade sometime soon, cyber-criminals are making plans of their own. As time progresses, they’ll actively target out-of-date systems and search for vulnerabilities.  Since it has now been a few months since the end of support, rest assured that new attacks are being planned just as they were on Windows XP.

Even the most stalwart Vista user must finally upgrade, as continuing to use it will expose your computer to some pretty confronting risks, including:

Security risks: While Microsoft may have patched the gaps exploited during the Vista lifetime, there are many more just waiting to be discovered. It gets worse: your antivirus program is unlikely to intercept these attacks.  Hackers are extremely fast to exploit newly-discovered vulnerabilities and without Microsoft working just as fast to close them, the risk increases exponentially every time you turn the computer on.

Compliance risks: For business users, this is a big one. Many businesses are subject to conditions that require them to run an operating system that’s regularly patched. For those working with sensitive, legal or private data, this is even more important. Continuing to use an unsupported OS places not just the system security at risk, but also the entire business.

Software incompatibility:  New applications are created exclusively for current operating systems. This means you can’t upgrade past the software you now have, and will soon be phased out of new updates and options across all application types.

No support: Vista mainstream support was stopped back in 2012 but there were always avenues if you were really stuck with something. A quick Google search, an expert on call or even sympathetic support staff at Microsoft helpdesk willing to bend the rules; as of April 11 though, that all stopped. The only support available will be outdated pieces you can locate with Google, solutions which may 

The solution is: upgrade your computers to Windows 10.  Since most computers running Windows Vista are several years old and there is no direct upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10, we do not recommend investing in the labor and software licensing required to upgrade your computer to Windows 10.  The money will be much better spent investing in a new system which will come with a license of the lastest Windows operating system.  

Windows 10 is the latest release and will give your upgrade investment the most value over time, as well as the best security Windows users have ever seen. Vista will continue to work after April 11, but every day you use it puts your system at increasingly higher levels of risk.  Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users are still supported for some time so there is no reason to panic at this point.

If you end up getting a new computer and would like assistance installing it and moving over your programs and files, please feel free to contact us at 630-444-7220.

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