Windows Vista SP1 support is over

Microsoft's official support for its Windows Vista operating system with the first service pack has now officially ended. As noted on the Windows support web site, the official support for that version of the OS ended on Tuesday. People who are still using Windows Vista with SP1 installed are now advised to upgrade to the second service pack for the OS if they want to continue to receive updates that will protect and fix Vista from exploits and bugs.

While Windows Vista SP2 will continue to be supported by Microsoft for some time, the official Windows blog site still recommends that anyone that is still running a PC on Vista to make the big upgrade to the current version of the OS, Windows 7. As we reported earlier this week, an even older version of the operating system, Windows XP, now has less than 1,000 days of official support before Microsoft retires that OS.

Windows Vista launched in early 2007 for consumers after a long time period between Vista's release and the release of Windows XP, However the operating system turned out to be something of a disappointment for many users due to bugs and lack of third party driver support at first. Microsoft quickly released Windows 7 in the fall of 2009 which was much more popular. In the latest Steam hardware survey, It shows that Windows 7 is being used by nearly half of all Steam users. However PCs with Vista installed only account for less than 25 percent of Steam users.

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I'm confused.. when does Home Basic SP2 end? my parents computer can't handle windows 7.. When home basic SP2 is gone.. their computer is completely unsafe to use..

smooth3006 said,
Windows vista needs to go away too. No reason to not updrade to windows 7.

+1, unless u can't afford to upgrade to 7.

I think Neowin should stop publishing end of support for service packs as news. Office XP support is over. Now that would be news.

should throwing in endorsements for your OS of choice when it isn't pertinent to the discussion at hand result in a week ban and an increased warn level? I think it should.

My Toshiba of 4 years 2gb ram 250gb HD 1.75ghz ran well on Vista for a month then it was slow as hell. Formatted and the same thing happened. I switched to Win7. For the last year it has been running at the same speed as when I first installed it, blazing fast and the hardware is 4 years old.

April 8th 2014 is when XP will have its updates and support stopped which gives MS plenty of time to compile a run up of updates for a large pack and/or SP4.

Everything i've ever used (i mean OS), has worked just fine for me. I don't understand those people, who say, that Windows Vista is laggy piece of sh**. If you have "straight hands", and 1-2 years old PC, it will work as the bee.....Have a great day

Samsung777 said,
Everything i've ever used (i mean OS), has worked just fine for me. I don't understand those people, who say, that Windows Vista is laggy piece of sh**. If you have "straight hands", and 1-2 years old PC, it will work as the bee.....Have a great day

Those people are idiots. Plain and simple.

FrozenEclipse said,

Those people are idiots. Plain and simple.


Are you nuts? Anyone can tell you that this is the worst release (or maybe after WinME actually) MS ever released. The key is "has worked just fine for me", well Win 7 work just brilliantly.

zikalify said,
If you are on VIsta and dont want to buy windows 7 switch to Linux!!

Or just install SP2 and continue running the software that you actually use.

zikalify said,
If you are on VIsta and dont want to buy windows 7 switch to Linux!!

Why not just go out and buy a Mac? Dee dee dee.

yowan said,
No SP3?

Mainstream support for Windows Vista Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate should end this year, but Business and Enterprise will end by 2017, so I find it strange they are not at least releasing a roll up update. If you you were to install Vista SP2 right now, you would spend a long time running Windows Update to get the latest post SP2 updates.