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Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista SP1

By Emil · 17 replies
Jul 13, 2011
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  1. As planned, Microsoft today ended support for Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This means the software giant will no longer provide any assisted support or security updates. Windows Vista users…

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  2. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,946   +200

    It's odd that this infact does seem to apply to WinXP x64 SP2 aswell (end-date April 8, 2014)
    Because Windows Server 2003 x64 which is the very same OS (Uses same service pack files and hotfixes) ends it's support on July 14 2015.
    I guess for the holdouts it will be possible to just download those updates for the server edition and apply to the client, completely untested of course...
  3. They actually made a service pack for Vista?
  4. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 549   +9

    I have Vista Ultimate

    when does support end for me
    After SP1 vista is not at all bad. I been using this for years never had a problem, I will upgrade to Windows 7 if I can get a good student deal when I start uni.
  5. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    ^^ Just apply Vista SP2 unless you specifically want to upgrade to Windows 7. I ran Vista Ultimate on two machines and after a couple of initial hardware compatibility issues were resolved never had any further problems.
  6. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    Funny you mention that.

    Techspot posted an article yesterday about some online tech deals. One of them was an upgrade to Windows 7 Professional for only 30 bucks. You need an .edu e-mail address to apply. Better check it out: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en...spx?siteID=NKa3hZyYoHA-AiXsv1gS9doVc_yfS2Sexw
  7. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    They actually made two.
  8. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    So my vista support will end for my custom computer built 2 years ago in 2012 and my xp support for an 11 year old computer will end in 2014!? Sounds like they need Bill Gates back. My proposition is that everyone in high school take a course in logic.
  9. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Since more people use XP then vista, they really are being logical.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,103   +422

    If you made the upgrade from XP to Vista, it's almost like you're being punished for doing so.
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 706   +69

    It's a simple update, just update! leave it on overnight if you must!
  12. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    There's no precedent I can remember where Microsoft has ever done this in the past. Bad form, hopefully this is not something we will see again with Windows 7 or subsequent versions.
  13. Good riddance!
    Only one more service pack to go...
  14. My current operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium SP1, been using it for 3 years with no problems. Windows 7 Here I come!!!!!!
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,532   +2,318

    Well, at the core of this statement by M$, Vista users are being forced to upgrade to Vista SP-2, not buy a new OS entirely.

    M$ certainly discontinued for XP SP-2 long ago, and further support depends on XP users installing SP-3 to keep the "thrill" alive, so to speak.

    As far as support for Vista not having the extended life cycle that XP does, perhaps M$ is getting even for all the rude things we've all said about it. Accordingly, this is one of those circumstances residing under the umbrella of, "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it".

    At the end of the day, the observation could be made that Win XP was almost, "too good". It prevented M$ from selling a good many OS licenses until Windows 7 was released. And whether we like it or not, M$ is in business to sell software.

    I suppose if anybody really takes this to heart, there's always Mac. (Just kidding).
  16. Did everyone spit on the casket at the Windows Vista SP1 funeral? :)
  17. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Most people will upgrade to win 7 anyway and more people use XP over vista, so from an MS point of view, its not that big of a deal. Plus Vista isnt all of a sudden going to stop working on April 10, 2012, its simply not going to be supported.
  18. hi , i was advised by microsoft to leave xp and move on to vista, now support for consumer versions of vista will end on april 2012 but consumer versions of xp will get support to april 2014, i was better of staying with xp ( support wise ) how about a refund for my expense to move to vista for nothing.

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