Microsoft Ending Support for Windows Vista
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.
What happens if I continue to use Windows Vista?
How do I know if I’m running Windows Vista?
To find out if you’re running Windows Vista, follow these steps:
- Click the Start
button, and then type winver in the search box.
- 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.
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NOTE: This FAQ was updated on March 9, 2017.
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