As of April 11, 2017, Windows Vista users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Third parties may provide ongoing support, but it is important to recognize that Microsoft support will not address fixes and security patches in the core Windows kernel.
PCs running Windows Vista after April 11, 2017 should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system such as Windows 10, so you can receive regular security updates to protect your computer from malicious attacks.
What does end of support mean for you?
End of support means there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. This is in-line with the existing Support Lifecycle policy that has been in place since 2002.
Running Windows Vista in your environment after the product’s end of support date may expose your data and information to potential risks, such as:
- Security Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are more vulnerable to security risks. As the threat landscape evolves, new vulnerabilities will not be patched.
- Compliance Risks: If you are a company still using Windows Vista, this may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the company’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
- Higher Total Cost of Ownership: Businesses incur a higher cost of purchasing custom support solutions for unsupported software.
Microsoft recommends that all customers move to Windows 10. For customers considering upgrading a device designed to run Windows Vista, we recommend purchasing modern hardware – from touch laptops to tablets to all-in-ones – to take full advantage of the features and touch UI found in Windows 10. Modern devices are not only faster and have greater performance than devices running older operating systems, but come with greater security features (like Windows Defender), new and improved networking tools for when you’re on the go, modern apps and more.