Windows Vista consumer support extended to 2017

Recently it appears as though Microsoft has extended the support for Windows Vista until 2017. This is surprising, considering originally Microsoft made it clear that the consumer versions of Windows Vista would only get five years of support up until April 2012, leaving users without any patches after that date. Now this has date has been pushed back to April 2017 via “Extended Support.”

The Extended Support for Windows is different to the Mainstream Support in that it doesn’t include feature updates, namely after April 2012 (the Mainstream Support end date) Microsoft will no longer add any new features to Windows Vista. This completely rules out the operating system getting Internet Explorer 10 for example. Extended Support does include security patches though, ensuring that anyone that uses Vista will still remain secure right up until 2017.

This is a helpful extension for anyone out there who is still rocking Windows Vista as previously corporate editions (Enterprise and Business) only held the 2017 Extended Support. Although, why you would be still running Windows Vista is a mystery as Windows 7 seems like a much better choice; though now you have an extra five years to prepare for the upgrade to Windows 7, 8 or even perhaps 9.

Thanks to Mephistopheles for the tip via the forums!

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"Although, why you would be still running Windows Vista is a mystery as Windows 7 seems like a much better choice; though now you have an extra five years to prepare for the upgrade to Windows 7, 8 or even perhaps 9."

Well I'm not the boss of this company unfortunately..so I'm still on Vista

raghavny80 said,
Windows 7 = "Tweaked" Windows Vista.
Just like Win 98 was a tweaked 95. OSX 10.7 is a tweaked 10.6. Saying that doesn't *mean* anything.

Purely FWIW...

Microsoft has extended the support for Windows Vista until 2017.

Cool!!!

My wife's PC dual-boots Vista & 7 (since 7 went RTM) & she still prefers Vista for casual games -- while 7 is noticeably, undeniably faster in other areas, her games run faster in Vista so that's where she plays them... it's a huge reprieve for me, not having to worry about the end of security support in April.

As far as reading anything into MS extending support, please remember that MS is sensitive to customer perceptions & expectations, And, many customers expect a lot more than just what MS promises in writing. The consequences of ending Vista support were likely given as much if not more weight than any benefits when they were deciding whether or not to extend support.

mikiem said,
My wife's PC dual-boots Vista & 7 (since 7 went RTM) & she still prefers Vista for casual games -- while 7 is noticeably, undeniably faster in other areas, her games run faster in Vista so that's where she plays them...
That's ... weird. What games?

By 2017 Microsoft will have to support more than 50 versions of Windows .( XP), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win9, Win10, each with 6-8 versions on PCs. Add 3-4 server versions too and Win8, Win9, Win10, Intel and Arm tablet versions. Android fragmentation will pale in comparison.

alexalex said,
By 2017 Microsoft will have to support more than 50 versions of Windows .( XP), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win9, Win10, each with 6-8 versions on PCs. Add 3-4 server versions too and Win8, Win9, Win10, Intel and Arm tablet versions. Android fragmentation will pale in comparison.

Really?

Cøi said,

Really?

Yes, do your math. Each has 32/64 bit version. Each has (starter), home basic, home pro, ultimate, enterprise version, that is 8-10 versions for each Windows OS.
Apple is moving into new OS version each year. Microsoft may shorten its cycle to new OS every 2 - years just to stay in the game.
By 2017 you will have Vista, Win7, Win8, Win9 at least supported by Microsoft. Now add to that 2 versions on tablets and 3-4 on servers.

Edited by alexalex, Feb 21 2012, 9:38am :

XP should get one final roll up SP4...damn thing has over 100updates now beyond SP3 and a lot of older people still run it and have no intentions to update those older computers. I work on so many that it needs this roll up since yes HDD's fail, malware hits them etc etc. No reason to waste $100 on a update to win7 for many of these people so I'm hoping MS listens here before cutting support. Win7 will need a SP2 with many features coming to Win8 IMO - no reason to exclude those customers from those features with a current OS.

sava700 said,
XP should get one final roll up SP4...damn thing has over 100updates now beyond SP3 and a lot of older people still run it and have no intentions to update those older computers. I work on so many that it needs this roll up since yes HDD's fail, malware hits them etc etc. No reason to waste $100 on a update to win7 for many of these people so I'm hoping MS listens here before cutting support. Win7 will need a SP2 with many features coming to Win8 IMO - no reason to exclude those customers from those features with a current OS.

This utility works great for that - http://download.wsusoffline.net/

sava700 said,
XP should get one final roll up SP4...damn thing has over 100updates now beyond SP3 and a lot of older people still run it and have no intentions to update those older computers. I work on so many that it needs this roll up since yes HDD's fail, malware hits them etc etc. ...

If you do that many re-installs, seems it might be worth it [IMO anyway] to start making install images with updates included -- it's not like there aren't several tools/methods.

Otherwise it's not just old people who run XP. IMHO it's better than 7 for monitoring software installs etc., installed normally or to a VM, it's as fast or faster running a Lot of apps, it runs some legacy stuff that 7 won't touch, backing up my win7/win8 partitions happens faster, more efficiently in XP, it takes up less resources, working better on bootable USB sticks, e.g. LiveXP with a smaller system RAM disk, etc...

sava700 said,
XP should get one final roll up SP4...damn thing has over 100updates now beyond SP3 and a lot of older people still run it and have no intentions to update those older computers. I work on so many that it needs this roll up since yes HDD's fail, malware hits them etc etc. No reason to waste $100 on a update to win7 for many of these people so I'm hoping MS listens here before cutting support. Win7 will need a SP2 with many features coming to Win8 IMO - no reason to exclude those customers from those features with a current OS.

I agree that once support ends for a OS a final "complete rollup" service pack should be released allowing everything to be updated.

Vista SP3 and IE10 please for Vista. Because Windows 8 is not here yet so it is just older OS behind. That is how well Microsoft supported their customers in the 90s.

Errm how is this news? We knew this already, Vista's main stream support was due to end this year and then gets 5 years extended. Just like 2000 and just like XP (though XP is the oddball, should of been left to die in '11 )

wolftail said,
haven't they learned anything from XP?

Despite what many have cried, Vista is *not* as bad as XP. Vista better supports modern hardware and has a LOT better security than XP.

alexalex said,
This shows that Microsoft doesn't believe Windows 8 and Windows 9 will have a large market share.
I tend to disagree. I think this shows that there were enough big players still complaining about shortened support life cycles and threatening a shift to OS X or Linux.

I expect that most enterprises will have a wait-and-see approach with Windows 8, but Microsoft would not build their premier software for a smaller market share. I guarantee that IT departments will be able to use group policy to default to the Windows desktop in Windows 8, and probably get something similar to the Start menu.

Microsoft is clearly going for a larger consumer focused product, but they are not going to shoot themselves in the foot with their Enterprise customers. Personally, I think Microsoft is going in the right direction: small sand boxed applications for one-off tasks, and full application support for more serious tasks (e.g., something on the scale of Office or Visual Studio).

I definitely expect a large adoption of tablets that can have a keyboard and mouse attached, but also work with touch across the enterprise (and schools) once they see the benefits of living in both worlds. I also expect this to be the first significant impact into the iPad's market share as someone finally offers something competitive, differentiating, and potentially much more powerful. It will finally be the beginning of the true replacement of the notebook.

I do wonder how Microsoft intends to compete with an iPad 3 with twice the resolution though. If Apple can do it at the same price points--and I expect they will--then Microsoft's OEMs are going to have a tough time selling all of the Windows 8 power to people that don't really need it.

A bit surprised... unless Microsoft is going to start to focus on mobile / always connected OS's vs a traditional full featured stand alone os.

Vista SP2 Works great on my Desktop and Laptop. My wife's laptop has Win7 and I actually find that I prefer Vista sometimes, other times Win7 feels exactly like Vista and clearly not worth the money to upgrade. I'll wait for 8.

So True.. Apart from the Pin Icons to Taskbar/Start Menu and Downloadable Themes functionality in Window 7, I hardly use any other Windows 7 feature that is different/absent in Vista.. Windows 7 is the same as Windows Vista with a little tweaking.

Too bad. What they wanted to do was IMHO a good idea; extended support only for professionals, to force consumers to stop using decade-old operating systems.

alexalex said,
Microsoft will push XP support to 2017 as well.

You must live in a parallel world - a world in which MS hasn't made it clear they want to kill XP and IE6 ASAP.

Aethec said,

You must live in a parallel world - a world in which MS hasn't made it clear they want to kill XP and IE6 ASAP.

They may want to kill those products, which may the thing for the best, but a lot of enterprise users will be like "woah woah woah"

Aethec said,

You must live in a parallel world - a world in which MS hasn't made it clear they want to kill XP and IE6 ASAP.

You don't live in the business world.

They did say that Vista support will end at 2012 too. For now, XP has the largest Windows market share and is 5 times that of Vista. This won't change in a couple of years , specially after Enterprise will skip Windows 8 according to surveys.

alexalex said,
Microsoft will push XP support to 2017 as well.

Ha! I don't think so somehow, they are all screaming at companies to get off XP by 2014. Companies can't really complain considering how many years they have been given.

Hell, MS had even given them a bone with the 2014 extension date. What's there next demand? Order MS to rewrite their software to work on Win7/8?

alexalex said,

You don't live in the business world.

They did say that Vista support will end at 2012 too. For now, XP has the largest Windows market share and is 5 times that of Vista. This won't change in a couple of years , specially after Enterprise will skip Windows 8 according to surveys.


You don't either. Microsoft has always said that mainstream support for Windows Vista will end in 2012.

Also, many enterprise are upgrading to Windows 7 and plans to skip Windows 8.

thealexweb said,

They may want to kill those products, which may the thing for the best, but a lot of enterprise users will be like "woah woah woah"


They knew for a while now that XP and IE6 are at the end of their support.

illegaloperation said,

They knew for a while now that XP and IE6 are at the end of their support.

And? The massive upgrade costs will mean decisions like these are gonna be put off for as long as possible.

alexalex said,

You don't live in the business world.
They did say that Vista support will end at 2012 too. For now, XP has the largest Windows market share and is 5 times that of Vista. This won't change in a couple of years , specially after Enterprise will skip Windows 8 according to surveys.

This troll is just utterly frustrating and ignorant..
We've all told you 500 times already that Windows XP does NOT have the largest market share.

And where is said that "Enterprise will skip Windows 8 according to surveys"? (besides this trollpost, I cannot find ANY source on the internet)
Seriously, please go lick your iPhone instead of spouting around everything negative you heard about that Evil M$$$$, even though you KNOW it's absolute rubbish.

Sorry mods for being so rude this time, but he's really asking for it

techguy77 said,
Nothing wrong with Windows Vista SP2. Runs as good as Windows 7.

There are still some quirks and differences with Vista that make many people prefer Windows 7. The reduction in number of UAC prompts comes to mind.

Not sure why people use that sluggish windows 7 pre beta aka Vista. Those should quickly move to Windows 7 really soon if haven't done so.

yurimaster said,
Not sure why people use that sluggish windows 7 pre beta aka Vista. Those should quickly move to Windows 7 really soon if haven't done so.
Buy them a Windows 7 licence then? And give them the knowledge to upgrade their fully functional PC ?

yurimaster said,
Not sure why people use that sluggish windows 7 pre beta aka Vista. Those should quickly move to Windows 7 really soon if haven't done so.

One of our laptops came pre-loaded with Vista and it actually took a severe virus and malware infection before installing Win7 onto it.

Since the clean install, about 3 months ago, the system has a slew of new bells and whitles that didn't exist in Vista (since driver manufacturers have added them for Win7 but without Vista support).

Nas said,
Since the clean install, about 3 months ago, the system has a slew of new bells and whitles that didn't exist in Vista (since driver manufacturers have added them for Win7 but without Vista support).
As Windows 7 (and Windows 8) use the Windows Vista driver model, you can most likely force the drivers onto a Vista install and get those bells and whistles.

yurimaster said,
Not sure why people use that sluggish windows 7 pre beta aka Vista. Those should quickly move to Windows 7 really soon if haven't done so.

Because Microsoft is asking additional money for an OS that's basically just a Windows Vista fix.

yurimaster said,
Not sure why people use that sluggish windows 7 pre beta aka Vista.

because vista sp2 works very well, i see no reason to update my main pc to 7.

.Neo said,

Because Microsoft is asking additional money for an OS that's basically just a Windows Vista fix.

I have never understood comments like that. All of the problems with Vista had to do with 3rd party compatibility, meanly hardware. The issue wasn't some flaw with Vista, it was 3rd parties being lazy and not support it well right away. Sure, I like Windows 7 better, but from the point of view of them working, both do. The only reason Windows 7 got such great reviews was because it used the Vista driver model, by the time it had some out everyone had working Vista drivers.

You are wrong for the most part. I'm a computer technician and 20% of our customer bring in laptops and desktops that have vista that are infect with virus, and or for other reason. Vista's superfetch is unoptmized and sluggish. Most of the computers with Vista are slow even on the the same hardware configuration . Windows 7 loads faster and lighter on new clean install, unlike Vista (useing the same hardware, laptops) I come across a lot of Windows 7 and Vista so I know what I'm talking about. Many here just say their opinion or feedback on a single machine which is their own. Try 7 out, those of you with Vista SP2.

sphbecker said,

I have never understood comments like that. All of the problems with Vista had to do with 3rd party compatibility, meanly hardware. The issue wasn't some flaw with Vista, it was 3rd parties being lazy and not support it well right away. Sure, I like Windows 7 better, but from the point of view of them working, both do. The only reason Windows 7 got such great reviews was because it used the Vista driver model, by the time it had some out everyone had working Vista drivers.

.Neo said,

Because Microsoft is asking additional money for an OS that's basically just a Windows Vista fix.

An Apple user complaining about this, how ironic

sphbecker said,

I have never understood comments like that. All of the problems with Vista had to do with 3rd party compatibility, meanly hardware. The issue wasn't some flaw with Vista, it was 3rd parties being lazy and not support it well right away. Sure, I like Windows 7 better, but from the point of view of them working, both do. The only reason Windows 7 got such great reviews was because it used the Vista driver model, by the time it had some out everyone had working Vista drivers.

Sure, there were problems with 3rd party hardware and drivers, but Vista was the biggest pig MS has ever done right out of the box. I bought a brand new system with Vista pre-installed. It ran so slow, I couldn't stand it! Down graded it to XP and it flew. It now has Windows 7 on it and it still flies!

I can't even begin to count the number of Vista installs I have down graded to XP or upgraded to Windows 7.

Can't even believe MS has succumbed to supporting this pig that long. XP, I can understand.