Starting on July 12th, Microsoft will no longer support Vista SP1. Vista SP2, on the other hand, will retain support.

As a consequence of Windows Vista SP1 not being supported, it will no longer receive security updates making it a very unstable option for consumers and businesses.

Vista itself makes up an increasingly small of the world computer market: it now powers under 10% of the world’s PCs.

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

In April of 2012, all consumer versions of Vista will lose support. Business support will continue until 2017.

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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • http://www.jwbjnwolf.weebly.com/ Jase Wolf

    Adios!!

    About time!!

    Hopefully windows 8 will encourage alot of windows xp users to upgrade.

    Me, myself, and I; still have got xp sp3, but it is not used for the net. It is only used so that I can play my old games in parallels on my mac; because windows 7 will not play any of my xp games let alone the ones from older systems such as 98.

    It is my mac and my iPod and sometime linux that I use for the net.

    People! Just throw your vista CDs out the window(s)!! or give them to the Devil! (BSD)

    http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/5483/burningvistathatsagoodd.jpg

    (added vista logo on top of xp and added a bit of fire on top)

    The person who created this image:
    http://yeaguy.com/gallery3/var/albums/jv/graphix/bsd-windows-linux.jpg?m=1300782247

    I DID NOT INTEND TO VIOLATE ANY COPYRIGHT THAT YOU MAY OF ADDED.

    I DONE THIS BECAUSE I LIKE XP SO I DO NOT WANT BSD TO KILL ANYTHING OTHER THAN VISTA. And I could not find any other picture.

  • Money

     This is Indecent of Microsoft: It would stop supporting ALL Version of Vista after 2012 april…
    Its like my world will end sooner than 12 December 2012….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001647895140 Edwin Rivera

    crap! the home desktop i have is windows vista home basic, which i want to kill it with a hammer, and the two laptops that we have are windows xp, so that switch will affect me.
    You can ask my dad if he wants to change to Windows 7 or Windows 8, which i hope the kill switch for both of these OS happens, so he can change his mind.

    His response: “Windows xp is the only OS that is reliable and simple, and Vista just needs cleaning and updating.”

    well, what about old, ugly and slow as f**k!!!