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Windows Vista reaches end of life!
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It's finally time to put Windows Vista out of its misery for good. If you're still running the OS, you're clearly out of luck. Read these news articles on the demise of Windows Vista: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Since the vast majority of customers have migrated off Windows Vista since October 2009, it's no big loss.

However, Microsoft is urging nearly an estimated 11 million customers of Windows Vista to upgrade. Here's the reason why.

Today is the absolute last day that customers on Windows Vista will receive security updates and most importantly support. Starting tomorrow, Windows Vista will be unsupported and Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 will be required to receive security updates and support.

Products affected by the shut down of the support system include, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate.

Proceeded by the release of Windows XP, Windows Vista (codenamed "Longhorn") was released to manufacturing on 8 November 2006 and publicly released worldwide on 30 January 2007. Since the release of Windows Vista, it had a troubled development and troubled life. Driver support was poor and the majority of customers remained on Windows XP as a safe haven until the release of Windows 7.

Windows Vista introduced Windows Aero, a redesigned Start Menu, a redesigned Windows Explorer, Windows Flip and Flip 3D, Windows Search and the Windows Sidebar. Windows Vista also included Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Media Player 11.

At the time of its release, Windows Vista's system requirements were steep. The OS required a 800 MHz processor with at least 512 MB of RAM, a Super VGA monitor, a 20 GB hard disk with at least 15 GB of free space and a CD-ROM drive. Windows Vista recommended a graphics card with at least 128 MB of memory to use the Windows Aero features.

Windows Vista Starter was limited to only 1 GB of memory. 32-bit versions of Windows Vista was limited to 4 GB of RAM, the 64-bit version of Windows Vista Home Basic was limited to 8 GB of RAM, 16 GB of RAM for Windows Vista Home Premium and 128 GB of RAM for Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate.

When Windows 7 came out, Windows Vista marketshare peaked at approximately 19% or about 400 million internet users worldwide.

Microsoft terminated retail sales of Windows Vista on 22 October 2010 and ended OEM preinstallation sales on 22 October 2011.

Microsoft ended Mainstream Support for Windows Vista on 10 April 2012, but for the past five years, the software giant had been providing security and stability updates. Today, this will completely stop.

The move to terminate Windows Vista support will put customers at risk as known exploits found on the OS will no longer be addressed after today.

Customers on Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 are still eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 despite the fact that Microsoft ended free upgrades one year after Windows 10 was released.

Existing customers on Windows Vista will not even have such a option. The operating system is out of the Extended Support phase after today. This brings a end to more than 10 years of critical security updates, non-security hotfixes and paid technical support options.

.72% of all internet connected users still run Windows Vista and with the end of limited support, it is now open season on its minority and will remain so until the last user stops using Windows Vista. After today, Microsoft will take NO action to provide any updates for any security related issues regardless of severity.

Users on Windows XP or Windows Vista cannot directly upgrade to Windows 10 without having to perform a clean installation. And because Microsoft ceased retail and OEM sales of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, any existing Windows Vista customers will have no choice but to purchase a full Windows 10 license or buy a new PC.

Also ending support today is Internet Explorer 9, the latest version of the internet browser supported on Windows Vista.

Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista. Existing PCs running MSE on Windows Vista will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited amount of time. If you still use Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 9 to browse the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats that will never be addressed.

Also ending support later this year will be Microsoft Virtual PC 2007. It's Extended Support date will end on 11 July 2017. Microsoft Office 2007 will reach end of life (EOL) on 10 October 2017.

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