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Microsoft ends support for Windows Vista RTM

No further security patches after April 13

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Microsoft has said it will no longer provide security patches for the Windows Vista RTM operating system after April 13.

Writing on the Microsoft SMB Channel Community Blog last week, Eric Ligman, global partner experience lead with the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Group, said:

‘In the event that you encounter an issue/outage in your environment on an unsupported product, our engineers may not be able to help resolve this until you have upgraded to a supported level.’

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Mr Ligman recommends that Windows Vista RTM (Windows Vista without any service packs) users who wish to continue receiving troubleshooting help from Microsoft Customer Service and Support apply Vista Service Pack 2 ‘since Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 is still in its support lifecycle with Microsoft’. They can also upgrade to Windows 7.

End Of Support (EOS) date

When a version of Windows reaches its End of Support (EOS) date it is classified as an ‘unsupported version of Windows’. Unsupported versions of Windows are no longer eligible to receive software updates from Windows Update.

Software updates include security updates that can help protect a consumer’s PC from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software which sets out to steal personal information.

Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows, including new drivers for the PC hardware.

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