Windows Vista – Should I Upgrade?

Windows Vista is coming to the end of its life.
Windows Vista is coming to the end of its life.

Modern versions of Microsoft Windows (in order) are: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10. There is no Windows 9.

Windows Vista is coming to the end of its life. It was introduced in January 2007, free Microsoft support ended in 2012, and all Microsoft support will end in 2017.

Unsupported version of Windows can still be used, but developers of new programs are unlikely to test their programs on Vista, so you may not be able to install or run new programs (or new versions of existing products, such as iTunes or anti-virus programs and so on).

Web Browsers on Vista

The latest version of Internet Explorer that can run on Vista is IE9; the latest version of Google’s Chrome (v48) will no longer be supported on Vista by Google after April 2016.

Many websites make use of new features available in more recent browsers (such as Internet Explorer version 11); these websites won’t work well (or at all) on older browser.

Websites that only make use of basic facilies wil still work OK on older browers.

So should I upgrade?

Running Vista is going to be increasingly problematic as time goes on. So I’d say you do need to consider moving to a newer version of Windows fairly soon, yes.

Could I upgrade my existing PC?

A PC running Vista is, by definition, quite old. So it may not be powerful enough to run a newer version of Windows. The free upgrade to Windows 10 offered by Microsoft for (some versions of) Windows 7 and Windows 8 is not offered for Windows Vista, so a copy of (say) Windows 10 would have to be purchased and installed. It would be better to put the money towards a new PC.

Please feel free to contact me if you’d like advice on keeping your old PC running, or on upgrading or replacing it.

What version of Windows do I have?

Go here or press win+pause

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(Not all keyboards have a Pause/Break key.)