- On February 10, 2017
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- EOL, Operating System Install, Windows, Windows Vista
Every Windows operating system (OS) has a lifecycle. “End of Life” (EOL) refers to the date when Microsoft no longer supports an operating system. Windows Vista, is nearing the end of its life cycle. On April 17, 2017 Microsoft will stop issuing security updates.
End of Support
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.” – Source
Can’t I just upgrade from Windows Vista?
Windows Vista supports “upgrades” to Windows 7. With a traditional upgrade, your files are left intact, while only the operating system versions change. However, if this fails you may risk losing data. A backup is recommended just to be safe.
If you want to use Windows 8/8.1 or higher (10), you will need to do a “clean” AKA “custom” install. This entails wiping your drive (formatting) then installing the new OS. This method requires backing up all important data.
As a side-note, if you no longer want to use Windows, you can switch to a user friendly version of Linux (e.g. Mint or Ubuntu) or MAC.
Contact us if you need help with upgrading from Windows Vista, or to determine what upgrade paths — if any — are available for your device.
Also, if you ever need an Operating System Installed or Data Transferred give us a call @ (240) 319-8862 or send us an email. We provide these services and a lot more. We have a great track record in getting computers fixed.