08 March 2017
Microsoft Windows Vista Reaches End of Support 11th April 2017
Windows Vista will no longer receive critical security updates or patches as of 11th April 2017. Customers that are still using Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 are strongly advised to upgrade to newer and currently-supported versions of Windows.
Why is this happening?
Windows Vista was officially launched worldwide in January 2007 and at more than 10 years old, Microsoft is finally withdrawing all support for this ageing operating system. The same happened with Windows XP in April 2014.
Which versions of Windows Vista are affected by this?
All versions of Microsoft Windows Vista are affected. Whilst mainstream support ended some time ago, users who had installed Service Pack 2 were continuing to receive important Windows Updates through Extended Support but this will no longer be the case after 11th April 2017, meaning that all versions of Windows Vista are now obsolete.
What does it mean for me?
If you are still using Windows Vista, new security risks or vulnerabilities will no longer be fixed. This is particularly concerning as security risks that affect newer versions of Windows are frequently found to affect older versions of Windows as well. Whilst newer versions will receive a patch to fix the vulnerability, a process known as reverse engineering means that criminals can undo a fix to find the vulnerability and then exploit those users of Windows Vista that would not receive the fix.
What to do
We would strongly advise that users of Windows Vista upgrade to a newer operating system. This does not necessarily mean that you need to buy a new computer. Windows 10 is the latest version of Windows and may run on your existing system. However, you cannot upgrade directly from Windows Vista to Windows 10 – it would require a fresh install after backing up all your data. You could choose to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, which will continue to receive extended support until January 2020 and January 2023 respectively. You would need to purchase a licence for a newer version of Windows and this may be a deciding factor as to whether you would prefer to purchase a new computer instead with the latest version of Windows pre-installed.
How will it affect our customers?
Berserk Computers will continue to provide technical support and repair services to customers that continue to use Windows Vista, as we do with Windows XP. However, as the operating system is no longer supported by its manufacturer and therefore advised against for safety and security, we will not perform any full system re-installs of Windows Vista and would instead advise customers to upgrade and provide them with their options. This is because we could not ensure the availability of all updates and it would void our guarantee and we do not consider it in the interests of our customers to knowingly leave them at risk.