Microsoft Ended Support for Windows Vista

 

If your business uses a PC that runs on the Windows Vista operating system, pay close attention: Microsoft ended support for Windows Vista on April 11, 2017. If a PC is still using Windows Vista, you must upgrade to a supported operating system, such as Windows 10, to maintain the security of your desktops and laptops.

According to the Spiceworks 2017 OS Adoption Trends report, 9% of businesses worldwide are still running at least one instance of Windows Vista. Also, 52% of businesses are running at least one instance of Windows XP, despite the OS reaching its end of support in April 2014.

A PC operating on Windows Vista will continue to work. However, it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will not be offering these features for Vista:
• Security updates
• Non-security hotfixes
• Paid assisted support from Microsoft
• Online technical content updates

Unsupported and unpatched operating systems put the security of an organization at risk. Malware attacks aimed at Windows Vista machines are predicted to increase. Hackers can examine the latest Windows security updates and look for vulnerabilities that won’t be patched for Windows Vista. Attacks could be designed to steal personal data, gain access to your banking account, or to use the computer as part of their cybercriminal network.

Risks of continuing to use an unsupported Windows operating system include:
• Malware attacks
• Attacks on security holes Microsoft previously did not discover
• Incompatiblity with software and supplemental hardware (printers, webcams, etc.)
• Violation of industry data security compliance standards

To find out if you're running Windows Vista, follow these steps:

1. Click the Start button, and then type winver in the search box.

start winver

2. Double-click winver in the list of results to open the About Windows dialog box, where you'll see the version of Windows that your PC is running.

winver

If you're running Windows 7, 8, and 10, Microsoft is still supporting your operating system. If you are running any other operating system on a PC, such as Windows XP, you'll need to update.

Organizations that are considering upgrading from Windows Vista might have some obstacles they need to overcome including:
Budget: Moving dozens, hundreds or even thousands of machines and users incurs high costs. However, the costs of not upgrading are much higher.
Stubborn Users: Some workers may be resistant to change, especially if they used the same work processes for years. These workers might not be computer savvy and believe it takes too much effort to update their skills. Consider training a few of the late adopters at first, then encouraging them to bring the rest of the group on board.
Incompatibility of critical applications: The updated Windows operating system may not be backward compatible with some legacy business applications.

My company is willing to upgrade its operating system. Now what?
SwiftTech Solutions can assist with migrating your devices to Windows 10. We suggest:

• Backing up data before transferring to the new system.
• If a computer meets the system requirements, install Windows 10.
• If your machine does not meet the system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows 10.
• If your organization has a legacy application that is not compatible with Windows 10, upgrade the application if possible. The latest versions of applications introduce new tools that can help employees work more efficiently. If upgrading the application is not possible at the moment, employees can use the application from a virtualized and protected Windows Vista workspace.

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SOURCES
Microsoft. Windows Vista support has ended. Retrieved from: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/22882/windows-vista-end-of-support
Tsai, P. Windows 10 adoption surges, yet businesses still hang on to Windows XP and Vista. (2017, April 3). Retrieved from: https://community.spiceworks.com/networking/articles/2628-windows-10-adoption-surges-yet-businesses-still-hang-on-to-windows-xp-and-vista
Clay, J. Time to Upgrade as Microsoft Ends Vista Support. (2015, April 5). Retrieved from: http://blog.trendmicro.com/time-upgrade-microsoft-ends-vista-support/

 

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