Microsoft Finally Puts A Bullet In Windows Vista, Today

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Now, a decade after it was first launched, Microsoft today announced that Windows Vista support has officially ended.

Microsoft put Vista users on notice last month, saying that after providing support for the product for 10 years, it's finally time put the poorly received software out of its misery.

"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", adds Microsoft. Today is the final day for Windows Vista extended support, which means that the divisive operating system is well and truly dead.

From today, Microsoft won't provide any support regarding technical issues of Vista or does not send you any security patch and bug fix updates. The ride is over. These issues and others led many XP users to skip Vista entirely. Users can check out the specs needed to run Windows 10 here, but even still, there is no easy upgrade path. Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 expired on 29 July 2016, and didn't apply to Vista users anyway.

If, for whatever reason, you still use Vista, now is the time to stop.

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Windows Vista has been described as "disastrous" and one of the "biggest flops in technology history".

Should you decide not to make the jump from Windows Vista to other newer operating system versions (such as Windows 8 or Windows 10), then be prepared to face the following consequences.

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. Enterprises with more than 1,000 employees are less likely to use Vista PCs, with a penetration rate of 9 percent, and small businesses with less than 50 employees are least likely to use Vista, with a penetration rate of only 7 percent. Microsoft failed to realize the file system's potential and chose to integrate it into the company's SQL Server product. Your choices for moving to Windows 10 are simple, either buy a license for it (to retain your PC) or buy a new PC altogether.

But you should never be too nostalgic over operating systems.

Regardless of which option you decide to go with, it's worth taking some time to backup all of the important information stored on your device.

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