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Windows Vista - End of Life

If you last bought a PC between 2006 and 2009 it probably came with Windows Vista on it and it's likely you're going to need to replace it before the official Microsoft end-of-life in April 2017.

Vista was almost universally loathed and was the biggest failure in Microsoft's history, until Windows 8 claimed that dubious honour, and now many third-party software companies are disregarding the official end-of-life date and considering Vista to be obsolete, just like it's predecessor Windows XP. Many programs are dropping support for Vista already and are considering Windows 7 to the be the oldest supported Windows version.

Google Chrome, Apple's iTunes v12, Sophos' Home Antivirus, Adobe's Reader DC are not Vista compatible. The latest Internet Explorer version you can run is v9 and most banks and other secure sites require a newer version.

If you have a Vista PC it is likely to be 6 or 7 years old at the newest and could be up to 10 years old. Technology has moved on a lot in that time. I would strongly suggest making plans NOW to replace your machine or to give up on Windows and move to Linux.

If you only use your PC for browsing the web, email, storing digital camera photos and basic document creation (letters, home spreadsheets etc) then Linux Mint would be an excellent choice. For simple systems Gideon-IT will do this job for the bargain price of £25. If you require Microsoft Office, iTunes or specialist Windows software then a new PC running Windows 10 would suit you better. We can migrate all your emails, documents, photos and other data from the old PC to the new one.


Please ask Gideon-IT for advice on what machine(s) would be best for your needs.

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