Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Microsoft Increases Windows Vista & 7 Consumer Support to Ten Years

Redmond-based software giant Microsoft Corp. has recently updated its support policy for both Windows Vista and Windows 7 and will be offering extended support to the consumer versions of the two operating systems.

Previously, Microsoft provided 5 years worth of 'mainstream support' for consumers while only businesses got an extra 5 years of extended support. Now, all Windows users will be able to get security updates for 10 years after the operating system's release.

As a result of the policy change, Windows Vista's consumer support was extended to April 11th, 2017. Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020.

Source: ZDNet
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19 Comments on Microsoft Increases Windows Vista & 7 Consumer Support to Ten Years

#1
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
That's great. I really don't like the direction that Microsoft is taking with the Metro interface (dumbed down and locked down) so it's good to know that I won't be forced to upgrade any time soon.

Judging by the small amount of users using the preview version of W8 compared to the preview version of W7, it looks like it might be another Vista and just get ignored, except on tablets, perhaps. Microsoft may yet backtrack on some of this stuff, if we're lucky.
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#2
Drone
Hm strange and it happens in time when everyone moans that XP is too old. Now I see that 7 will also linger for that long. I wonder how many service packs will 7 get.
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#4
Crazykenny
Good to know they aren't EOL'ing Windows 7 that quick. Because I doubt allot of us are gonna switch over the Windows 8 when it hits the shelves.
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#5
erixx
EOL'ing, that's why I love English :-P

Ok. But imagine that W8 does deeply change performance when you have a SSD... or some other feature you REEEEALYYYYYYY need :)
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#6
claylomax
It's back to Vista for me, I can tell you that.
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#7
mtosev
a nice step by microsoft. still no IE10 for Vista or IE9 for xp
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#8
NdMk2o1o
by: claylomax
It's back to Vista for me, I can tell you that.
How can you prefer Vista over 7? that's a step backwards imo

I really wish MS would take a leaf out of Apple's book when it comes to their OS and make it available as a download for £20- £30 then people wouldn't be so bothered about upgrading every 2 years or so. at £70+ just for an OEM copy and £100+ for retail it's absurd you should have to pay that every 2 years, no doubt I'll still move to Win8 anyway and just get myself an MSDN key regardless
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#9
mtosev
look at this another way. on average ppl use windows for 2,5 years. 100 / 30 = 3,3pounds/monthly
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#10
Red_Machine
by: claylomax
It's back to Vista for me, I can tell you that.
THIS. I'm disliking 7 the more I use it. If only Vista didn't have a few niggling little issues only *I* seem to get...
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#11
w3b
XP -> skipped Vista -> W7 -> Skipping W8

Nice; though for me this is just the cherry on top of the cake which I get to consume during the lifetime of Windows (Metro) 8
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Red_Machine
THIS. I'm disliking 7 the more I use it. If only Vista didn't have a few niggling little issues only *I* seem to get...
how odd. vista was a steaming pile. try transferring files over the network with and without a media player running, and tell me what happens to your speeds.


sure its better than XP, but my god is it flawed in its own ways.
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#13
mtosev
too bad that in reality windows 7 is enhanced version of vista. i almost see no difference between vista and 7 except for 7 being 10% faster than vista and its support of newer technologies
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#14
Thefumigator
I'm on vista and service packs and several updates just made it very solid for my tasks. I have triple boot with 7 and XP and I run vista as default.
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#15
xtremesv
Yipee!!! No Windows 8 for me, thanks. There is no compelling reason to upgrade.
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#16
XoR
by: Thefumigator
I'm on vista and service packs and several updates just made it very solid for my tasks. I have triple boot with 7 and XP and I run vista as default.
Me too :toast:
Vista is not only not worse than Win7 but it's actually faster :eek:
Some tweaking is needed (disabling services that trash hard disk all the time) but after that it's obvious that GUI speed of Vista is much better :rockout:

Also what I find strange: audio quality in Win7 is slightly worse compared to Vista. It was the case with my previous Audigy4Pro and now with Xonar STX :wtf:

on the other hand I haven't found one area Win7 is better than Vista :banghead:
maybe some vista-haters can enlighten me? :laugh:
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#17
Static~Charge
by: mtosev
still no IE10 for Vista or IE9 for xp
Microsoft said they would continue to support the operating system; they just didn't say how much support it would get....
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#18
erixx
Just like in restaurants....

BTW, for the price of a dinner for two you can upgrade :)
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