Vista support will end in 2017

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    Cammygirl192

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    I would like to post that Windows Vista support will end in 11th April 2017 as a result of the ordinary Microsoft Windows cycle of life.
    This means you will only have one year left of updates before you will lose support.

    Please note that this does not mean that the Vista Forums will close down: we will always be happy to provide you with the support you need with Vista, no matter the issues you have.

    Make sure to update to Service Pack 2 if you have not already done so, since support for previous Service Packs ended in 2011.

    ~Cammy White
     
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    Thanks for the intel,

    It's about another 8 months to go, i have my 2 Service Packs backed up on discs just in case i ever need to do a factory restore. Let's hope millions of folks flock back to Vista again, i can only dream.

    clive.
     
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    stupid Microsoft!
     
    VistaFanMartha, Mar 30, 2017
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    Yeah, Microsoft's kind'a let us down, the operating system we relied upon has gone and died, we're all bereft. When we gather at the sunset and stare into the distance .... we behold no Vista.

    Well shucks. But we aren't children here, we knew this was going to happen, and most of us have made the progression to later if not better OS's ... Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, Dr-DOS 7.02, or whatever. We will crank out our business memos, post our Pinterest photographs, stumble along in Facebook, right swipe some friendly faces at Ashley Madison through out tears, and eventually come to terms with our bleak existence. Such is life, and we know that most of our friends and neighbors here will survive and go on, without -- too often -- being troubled by memories of a happier computer age.

    But there are some of us .... who are still here. We are not fools nor bed-ridden, senile and erectally dysfunctional oldsters. We can face challenges. We have laptops to fall back on, or have dual-booted our desktop machines. We exist already in the present day. But there are games which will still run on Vista but not Windows 7. There are application programs that work just fine here. There are printers that work just splendidly with Vista and wifi cards and other still-functioning hardware. More to the point, this was the modern operating system Microsoft built, the first OS that attempted to be beautiful rather than adequate and cozy (Gemutlich as our German counterparts might say of Windows 98 and XP). It would be a shame to cast Vista aside so coldly.

    So what is to be done? Well, Vista is dying but still endures. The OS won't totally cease to function in the next few days or weeks, or be lamed beyond redemption. We can make adjustments. MS Security Essentials must give way at last to other anti-virus programs -- Avast, AVG<,Avira, BitDefender, Norton, ... There's a long list of alternatives to consider, and perhaps we can discuss their advantages and imperfections at length in the future. MS's Windows Defender might well be replaced by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The Windows Vista firewall might better substitutes,. I've seen suggested -- I'm still thinking over that one myself. Cruelest blow of all, Internet Explorer should give way to browsers -- Firefox or Opera or Sleipnir or .... We can talk about THIS topics for months! And keep up a side-thread grumbling about Microsoft's fecklessness in not maintaining IE properly.

    The Vista operating system isn't totally dead, I'm trying to suggest. The community of its users may shrink but also need not die. We can keep going. We can enjoy going onward. We can still talk about using the OS to each other. We can make suggestions for tuning up hardware and software. We can find overlooked gems of application programs and games. We can appreciate the OS and admire its merits and praise its many virtues (and occasionally grumble about its few weaknesses) just as we would with MS-DOS 9.6 or Windows XIII or any other fantasy that may strike our imagination as we poke at our keyboards.

    Ad astera, my comrades. Towards braver, bolder, ever more beautiful Vistas!
     
    mike shupp, Apr 18, 2017
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    Let's see if next Tuesday, one can manually install Server 2008 updates on to Vista. They should be codebase identical. That would extend Vista's useful life until January 2020.
     
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    Any progress to report?

    I ought to gave taken your hint and gone looking for such updates, I admit, but alas I'm still searching though about a thousand downloads from the last couple of years to find valid Win Vista updates for for my system ....
     
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    It's good to know there are other vista rebels still out this way :)

    I'm still here plodding along with my latest reconditioned HP-Pavilion-Slimline-s3040.uk-Desktop-PC, which is still running it's original Vista 32 operating system, I only payed £59.99 for it back in April (2017). I saw the machine for sale in a local computer repair shop and just couldn't leave it there all alone amongst those big Windows 10 brutes.. it was the last of her kind, and now the HP support site for this machine doesn't support it anymore, because the PC is now 10 years old, but it's still going strong with no signs of giving up. I'M about to add some more DDR2 memory to the machine (taking the machine up to a whopping 3gb) At the moment it's only got 2gb on-board which works good...

    My first vista pc (HP Pavilion a6210.uk Desktop PC) accidently got disconnected from power whilst doing a factory restore :eek: I couldn't find the restore discs that I had made years ago ( I may still find them?), so I had no choice but to install windows 10 via a USB stick, she still bares her original Windows vista stickers proudly and a reminder of her glory days, I've recently added new memory to her (now 6gb).

    Long live Vista :)
     
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