Support for Windows Vista will be ended on April 11.
On April 11, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest. If you’re one of the few people still using it, you have just a few weeks to find another option before time runs out, either use their new Windows 10 or go to its successor, which is Windows 7.
After April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista: no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates, Microsoft says. Not to mention that mainstream Vista support has already expired in 2012, like it did for Windows XP.
However, for those who don’t want to make the switch (I don’t know why the heck you are still running Vista – on your potato), 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.
Vista was never one of Microsoft’s beloved operating systems. It sucks, that’s why we considered it didn’t make the cut. Annoyances to the user such as the User Access Control (UAC) and the introduction of Digital Rights Management played big roles on making the users to adopt Windows 7 faster, Vista’s successor, though these features were retained on both Windows 7 and the current, Windows 10.
Also, Vista’s desktop gadgets were certainly nice. Along with Windows Aero, this was the feature that we can say almost everybody have liked about Vista, so far.
Why this matters: Even if you’re not part of the small group that are loyal to Windows Vista, its ending reinforces Microsoft’s efforts to pull Windows users into the present day. Other software companies are following suit: Firefox has let go of XP and Vista users. Google Drive is kicking them to the curb. Windows Vista isn’t safe, it wasn’t loved, and the risk that some site will steal your email or bank account information is real. Move on from the past, you prick.
Naturally, Microsoft hopes that any users moving from Windows Vista will migrate to Windows 10.