Vista support being pulled in under two weeks

The Windows Vista era draws to a close in just under two weeks.

Microsoft announced back in 2012 that it would be ending extended support for the program on April 11, 2017. Mainstream support has already been pulled.

It’s expected that Microsoft will stick to its support cycle, as it has in the past. Microsoft has a reputation for giving its users a heads up on when it’ll be pulling support for its systems. As a reminder, Window 7 is scheduled to have its extended support pulled January 14, 2020 with mainstream support already pulled. Windows 8 will still receive security updates until January 9, 2018.

With the lengthy support schedule that Microsoft keeps, it shouldn’t be all that alarming that these older systems are losing technical support. What’s more surprising is just how many of these unsecured systems still have a strong foothold in the market.

Vista never was one of the popular kids, with its cooler brother Windows 7 arriving on the scene shortly after its release, but it still manages to hold 1.12% of the current market share. As a point of comparison, XP – the system Vista was supposed to replace – still holds 5.53% of the Windows install base. And despite losing mainstream support, Windows 7 still holds a whopping 40.06% of the install base, while Windows 10 has only 27.72%.

While there may be strong reasons to be reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10, the risk of running abandoned software far exceeds any inconvenience that comes with updating office tech.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is no longer offering free upgrades to Windows 10, a system the firm touts as being its most secure yet, so any upgrades from the old systems will have to come out of budget.