Windows Vista goes End of Life (EoL) four weeks today. That means that if you’re one of the 0.78 percent of users still using one of the darkest chapters in Windows history, then it really is time you bought a new computer. Or at least a new operating system.
The thing about Windows Vista was that a lot of people were put off by the now more familiar Aero UI that became a mainstay of Windows 7. It was released too soon, beset by teething problems and was bloated as all heck, taking up amounts of hard-disc that would be unthinkable in these days of 32GB SSD tablets.
By the time it, you know… got good… it was already ingrained as a failure by the tech community even despite the attempts of “Project Mojave”, an attempt to fool focus groups by telling them they were using the successor to Vista when they were in fact just using Vista.
Microsoft has been very muted about the death of Windows Vista. So few people have been using it for so long that it has been enough to inform them all directly with pop-ups. But make no mistake, if you’re using Vista after the 11 April, you will be unprotected, just as XP users were before you.
There’s no direct upgrade path for Vista. There was no free upgrade to Windows 8 or 10 offered and so if you want to keep using your computer, then you’ll have to either fork out some coin or look an alternative like Linux or Remix OS.
The official Microsoft line is clear: “If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
“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.
“Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista.”
Many programs have already been updated beyond Vista’s capabilities or have been blocked from use on the OS, such as Gmail in Google Chrome, and Microsoft’s own Security Essentials Anti-Virus suite.