Windows Vista SP1 support being retired on July 12

Vista's Service Pack 1 will exit all support on July 12, this month's Patch Tuesday. According to Computer World, that will be last time security updates will be issued for the aging operating system. Microsoft supports its business products for 10 years, the first five in what it calls "mainstream support," and the second five in "extended support." In extended support, only companies with special contracts get non-security fixes. Microsoft does continue (in most cases)  to provide security fixes for all persons and companies during the total ten year period. This situation is different from Office XP, which is now officially being retired. Vista SP1 users can upgrade to Vista SP2 and receive further support. Microsoft released SP2 for Vista in May of 2009.

Users can update to Vista SP2 through Windows Update, or by manually downloading the 32-bit or 64-bit versions from Microsoft's download site. In April 2012, Vista's consumer versions (including Service Pack 2) will exit all support. These versions include Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, and Vista Ultimate. In April 2017, support for Vista Business and Vista Enterprise will end, as these are used typically in corporate environments.

Users can continue to run the software, however. There is no "kill switch" to disable or cripple the software. However, Vista SP1 will become extremely vulnerable to attack once Microsoft stops providing security updates.

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NoLiMiT06 said,
Because they know Vista sucks and XP doesn't

*facepalm*

Vista SP1 is old now, hence why it's being retired. It has nothing to do with the OS itself. Uneducated dolt.

NoLiMiT06 said,
Because they know Vista sucks and XP doesn't

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.


+1

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.


+2

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.


+3

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+4

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+5

Steven Hutchison said,
Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+6

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

Actually I did use it and used it from the beta through the release of Windows 7 and it reminded me so much of Windows ME. Windows 7 is what Vista should have been, Vista was just a glorified beta IMO. Take it how you like but I know how to use a computer and use the correct software and drivers for my operating systems. I have been doing computers for a while now and I am not some idiot that only knows how to hit the "Blue e"

Edited by NoLiMiT06, Jul 5 2011, 9:06pm :

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+7

Steven Hutchison said,
Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+8

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+9

Steven Hutchison said,

Anyone who used vista on capable hardware with correct drivers knows that vista blew xp out of the water. Your probably one of the millions who never used it, or didnt use it correctly.

+10

I can't believe people still bashes Vista like it is/was the black plague. Installing it on capable hardware and using proper drivers for peripherals made everything ran smoothly.

It's just like XP. Many people had problems at launch related to applications and driver but they seemed to forget. I liked XP a lot, and it was great, but even now I get customers ask for XP installations in their Core iX or Phenom machines because, according to them, XP is still better than Windows 7. Come on!!!

ajua said,
+10

What is this ? A lemming reunion.

ajua said,
I can't believe people still bashes Vista like it is/was the black plague.

It's a fact and I manage to prove it everyday. Thank god Vista is very close to be a very bad memory.

Captain555 said,
It's a fact and I manage to prove it everyday. Thank god Vista is very close to be a very bad memory.

What, by running it on outdated crappy hardware?

Besides, a Raiders fan should appreciate things that run poorly.

Captain555 said,
It's a fact and I manage to prove it everyday. Thank god Vista is very close to be a very bad memory.

What if I say that I have proved your statement wrong dozens of times?
Just because you managed (or didn't, for that matter) to run Vista on outdated computers doesn't mean it was the same for the rest of us.

Vista wasn't/isn't as bad as its reputation.

I like these OS wars that are happening now. We got Apple, Microsoft, and Google jumping in to the fray and it only means awesome new features for the customers.

On topic: Vista with SP1 was pretty good. Not going to miss it, since Windows 7 refined it greatly. Here's looking towards Windows 8. Can't wait for the beta, so I can use it as a production machine like Windows 7 did.

When Windows 8 goes into retail they should just give Vista users a free upgrade to Windows 7 SP2
We need to get people off of Vista as quickly as possible.

netsendjoe said,
When Windows 8 goes into retail they should just give Vista users a free upgrade to Windows 7 SP2
We need to get people off of Vista as quickly as possible.

Yeah, once you take a bad thing, your addicted, really hard getting off the trash.

I love Vista...the UI is very beautiful...Windows 7 is a bit childish...how ever, Windows 7 has some advantages over Vista...but i will always prefer Vista instead of XP (which sucks, at least, for me)...

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