As of April 11th, 2017 Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows Vista.

As of April 11th, 2017 Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows Vista. The operating system’s mainstream support was stopped as far back as April 10th, 2012. Nonetheless, the company extended its Vista support for the second service pack for more than 5 years.

Starting with this Tuesday, Microsoft will stop developing and offering security patches for Windows Vista. Also, it will end offering any updates or upgrades as well as hotfixes. Users that will continue working with Vista now that its support ended may be left with a vulnerable OS.

This will be more vulnerable to the various security risks, including viruses, which could then harm the computer itself. The Windows Vista Internet Explorer 9 support was also discontinued, which might come as an added risk to the system users. Microsoft also announced that it would stop providing technical support for any computer running on this specific OS.

Microsoft’s Decision Could Mark The Official End Of Windows Vista

According to media reports, this Windows version is already hardly used anymore. Its predecessor, Windows XP, is more common as it is still reportedly being utilized by about 7.44 percent worldwide users. The same report shows that Vista runs on less than 1 percent of such systems. Most have already upgraded to more modern systems such as Windows 7 or 8.1.

Windows Vista was first introduced back on January 30th, 2007 and brought Aero with it. This was an updated, new graphical user style and interface. At the time, it also came with 6 system editions, ranging from Starter to Ultimate, and its reported higher degree of security.

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However, following its release, Windows Vista was faced with its fair share of criticism. Some of these reported OS problems were fixed or at least improved through a series of releases. The most notable such event came back in 2009 and saw the release of the Windows Vista Service Pack 2. This latter is also credited as being the predecessor of Windows 7.

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