Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support for Vista Today, End of Support for XP in 2014

Microsoft Windows Vista is out of its "mainstream support" from today. Users will continue to have free access to security updates, but those without a commercial support contract will have to pay for bug fixes or other patches. This phase between end of mainstream support and end of support is called "extended support", and for Vista, it will last till 2017. The decade-old Windows XP, on the other hand, will see Microsoft pull the plug on its support no later than in 2014.

Source: Microsoft
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48 Comments on Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support for Vista Today, End of Support for XP in 2014

#1
Steevo
I used to run a FreeBSD box as my firewall/router/server. Shits hardcore yo/
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#2
acerace
For me, Windows 7 is the best OS I've ever used, after Windows XP, of course. :toast:
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#3
Jurassic1024
Kreij said:
Well that clinches it. No more free bug fixes for Vista? :shadedshu
I'm going back to Windows ME.
lol?
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#4
Jurassic1024
I dropped XP like a bad habit after Vista SP1.
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#5
eidairaman1
acerace said:
For me, Windows 7 is the best OS I've ever used, after Windows XP, of course. :toast:
Erm Idk, XP was slow booting compared to 98SE, after 7 came out despite more services 7 boots as fast if not faster than 98SE does
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#6
Thefumigator
eidairaman1 said:
Faster Startup, Program Load, Shut down, even on old machines
Indeed. But I have to disagree with program load. I found Vista to load my programs equally as fast as my 7 does.

Of course my Phenom X4 + 4GB of RAM is not an old Pentium 4 + 512MB.

Always talking 32bit versions.
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#7
faramir
Easy Rhino said:
anyone who takes issue with microsoft can always join us in the Linux/BSD/OSX section.
2-3 more weeks for next LTS Ubuntu (and its assorted flavors) ... I just hope it runs as fast as XP. I've got a laptop with Pentium M CPU and only 0.75 GB of RAM that runs Windows allright but alas its screen resolution is 1920x1200 which is totally useless (tiny miniscule pixels, letters, icons etc.) and Windows driver doesn't allow downscaling by the factor of 2 (to 960x600) and the DPI change makes the user interface fugly. This resolution works perfectly under X however (I tested already :) ) so, yeah, can't wait ... so many exciting things due to come out in computerworld this spring !
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#8
eidairaman1
Thefumigator said:
Indeed. But I have to disagree with program load. I found Vista to load my programs equally as fast as my 7 does.

Of course my Phenom X4 + 4GB of RAM is not an old Pentium 4 + 512MB.

Always talking 32bit versions.
My Laptop is a P4 with 2 GB of ram- runs fine with intel drivers and AMD drivers for video

My Sig Rig is AXP with 2 Gigs Ram- drivers are lacking thanks to NV for Mobo

My Bros machine i built in september is effin quick

98SE can only support about 1.5GBs of ram before it says it cant handle no more
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#9
Clubber_Lang
TheMailMan78 said:
You are still on Vista?
I'm still on XP pro if that tells you anything! haha. :roll:
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#10
Perra
Steevo said:
I used to run a FreeBSD box as my firewall/router/server. Shits hardcore yo/
I still do, awesome stuff! :rockout:
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#11
zomg
vista - pass; and still waiting for Win7 SP2 to try it out
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#12
TheMailMan78
Big Member
Clubber_Lang said:
I'm still on XP pro if that tells you anything! haha. :roll:
Nothing wrong with that if it works for ya. Only issue I would see is security problems but if your off line and it works there is no need.
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#13
OneCool
Thefumigator said:
I can't use 7 for compatibility reasons with drivers. (Damn video capture cards!)
You cant just use the Vista driver for Win7 or install it in compatibility mode in Win7.
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#14
Jurassic1024
Thefumigator said:
I'm on Vista since it was released. People complaining have never tried vista with SP2. It works like a charm. Also, reinstalled once in 2008 and never had to reinstall.

I can't use 7 for compatibility reasons with drivers. (Damn video capture cards!) But I have it installed. All in all 7 has a faster startup.
Try this site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx
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#15
Sir B. Fannybottom
Meh, the people who are still using vista probably don't update their computer much anyway.
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#16
SIGSEGV
i dont care anymore about it because my primary OS is Slackware Linux. Unix/Linux FTW
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#17
Mussels
Moderprator
i'm glad it still gets security patches, because i've got about 30 licence keys for it still, thanks to technet XD
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#18
[H]@RD5TUFF
It's past due both XP and Vista need to die!
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#19
Easy Rhino
Linux Advocate
SIGSEGV said:
i dont care anymore about it because my primary OS is Slackware Linux. Unix/Linux FTW
but how do you play teh gamez!!!111 :laugh:
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#20
SIGSEGV
Easy Rhino said:
but how do you play teh gamez!!!111 :laugh:
i dont have much time to play any games.. :D
i built my rig primarily for supporting my work, in case sometimes i wanna play the gamez then simply switch back to my secondary OS :D
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#21
Prima.Vera
GenTarkin said:
Meh, personally I love vista and hate windows 7. Looks like I ll hate windows 8 even more cuz the preview is simply retarded. W7 has so many dumb features. Granted they improved on many things in vista, but vista runs perfectly fine for me. Even after 3 mobo swaps(diff hardware set each time), and an inplace upgrade from XP. The machine runs like a dream.
After several thousand updates to Vista, its actually a nice OS. W7 is retarded in comparison.
Its too bad they didnt / wont add XOP n AVX support to vista =(
Thats the most funniest thing I've read in years!! :roll::laugh:

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#22
Thefumigator
Jurassic1024 said:
Try this site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx
I tried everything, it just don't work with WinDVR 3.0
I also tried newer versions of WinDVR but they just can't record in NTSC whenever the tapes are PAL (I do the convertion to make the DVD more compliant)
The other problem is my sound card, I would always record with that sound card (an EMU 0404) when in 7 WinDVR doesn't detect it because it just doesn't support WDDMWMWMR drivers (or whatever they are called).

So its a combination of things (software + video capture card + sound card) that all together don't work in 7. Its a shame actually.

And you won't believe this but for macrovision protected tapes I have to use windows XP with the original Encore DVR. In Vista or Seven WinDVR refuses to record macrovision protected tapes. And I'm not sure why in the world cameramen records and macrovision-protect a wedding party. They are nuts. Hopefully it barely happens, most tapes aren't protected.

Of course Encore DVR is the only one working globally in any OS but still, it has problems under 7 or Vista. Also I can't capture Half D1 resolution with Encore software,

unless I'm willing to record and then reencode. This is a big no no for my business. A waste of time. My software has to capture and record to a DVD compliant file, ready to do the authoring on DVDLab without serious reencoding. Hey, if I had to reencode, I would just buy some expensive Pinnacle pro card or whatever. But I don't want to reencode and don't want to spend such an amount of money on hardware

Sheesh. I just use WinDVR and all problems gone, And if it works on Vista I'll stick with Vista I'm affraid. I still have a minor problem. When capturing, I can't see what I am capturing. I don't have this problem in XP. But its ok as long as what it captures is ok. because I'm not present during capture.

So yeah my work is done by my computer and several VCRs. They pay some bills and feed me. I have to do PC repairs too to reach my salary goal... these times aren't the best.
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#23
w3b
MS and alternatives do have pros and cons

TheMailMan78 said:
In all honesty the other alternatives are a lot more complicated IMO. I love OSX on Apple hardware and if they brought it over to the PC I would jump in a second. However Unix/Linux has to sharp of a learning curb for me. I mean you REALLY have to be into that stuff to make it work right.
Depends what you want out of it regarding Linux.

Ubuntu 11.10 I found relatively easy to get into after I toyed with it for a while in a VM (VirtualBox Virtual Machine) before turning it (webmin, LAMP and a host of other things) into a capable file server OS. Sure it's not as popular as say FreeBSD/NAS with zfs but I'm happy with what I've been getting out of it for my needs (a free and more fully featured alternative to MS WHS). :)

I however couldn't see myself using Ubuntu in place of Win 7 for my everyday machines, given the programs I use and preference to avoid the extra hurdles that would come with getting Windows games to work/emulate on a Linux based OS.
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