Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista

2017-03-17 12:45 AM EST

All software products have a lifecycle. After April 11, 2017, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows Vista operating system. After this date, this product will no longer receive:

  • Security updates,
  • Non-security hotfixes,
  • Free or paid assisted support options, or
  • Online technical content updates from Microsoft.

Computers running the Windows Vista operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks of viruses and other security threats.

Users and administrators are encouraged to upgrade to a currently supported operating system. For more information, see Microsoft’s Vista support and product lifecycle articles.

Windows Vista support is ending

What is Windows Vista end of support?

After April 11, 2017, 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. 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.

What happens if I continue to use Windows Vista?

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 apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista.
Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows Vista. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you’ll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials (or any other antivirus software) will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. This means that PCs running Windows Vista will not be secure and will still be at risk for virus and malware.

How do I know if I’m running Windows Vista?

To find out if you’re running Windows Vista, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start 
    Start button icon

    button, and then type winver in the search box.

  2. Double-click winver in the list of results to open the About Windows dialog box, where you’ll see the version of Windows that your PC is running.

Do I need to get Windows 10 to stay protected?

Yes, the best way to stay protected is to get Windows 10, which is the latest version of Windows. You have two ways to get Windows 10:

Upgrade your current PC

You can purchase a full version of Windows 10, but you should first make sure that your computer can run it. Very few older computers are able to run Windows 10. We recommend that you check out the Windows 10 specifications page to find out if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 10. For more detailed information, read the FAQ.

Get a new PC

If your current PC can’t run Windows 10, it might be time to consider shopping for a new one. Be sure to explore our great selection of new PCs. They’re more powerful, lightweight, and stylish than ever before—and with an average price that’s considerably less expensive than the average PC was 10 years ago.

Move your files, folders, and more

Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to bring you PCmover Express—a tool for transferring selected files, folders, and more from your old Windows PC to your new Windows 10 PC.

Need more help?

Windows 10 devices for consumers 

Learn more Windows 10 devices for consumers in the United States.
Windows 10 for business 

Learn more Windows 10 for business in the United States.
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The full release about Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista is available at the following link: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/03/17/Microsoft-Ending-Support-Windows-Vista

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