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If you’re running Windows Vista and were worried about the 5-year support ending soon, you can now relax. Microsoft has extended its consumer support for Windows 7 and Vista to 10 full years after the OS’s official release date.

Traditionally, individual consumers have enjoyed 5 years of Mainstream support for their Windows product, in which time they received major upgrades, bug fixes, security patches, and more. Businesses enjoyed this same Mainstream support, but also the Extended support which lasted for 5 more years and included only security updates.


Although Microsoft has not made a big deal out of the change, individual consumers will also enjoy the 10-year Extended support from now on, meaning support will end on November, 2017 for Vista users and on January, 2020 for Windows 7 users. As a result, support for Vista will not end later this year as it was meant to.

Support for Windows XP, however, is still planned to end on 2014, more than 10 years after the OS was first released. Do you still use XP? Will this extension of support convince you to upgrade, or is it better of waiting for Windows 8?

Source: ZDNet

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  2. Jan Scholl
    February 29, 2012 at 7:07 am

    I have three computers using XP. Two laptops, and a netbook. One of the laptops  came with XP and one was an upgrade from ME. I love XP and would love to get my hands on a desktop running it. I hate Vista with a  passion and am waiting until this Vista desktop dies. I will then hold out using hubby's laptop until Windows 8. I can't use the majority of my XP peripherals with Vista. There are no drivers and I am using one for my printer that was for another printer. Every 12 pages of print, I have to reboot the printer but at least I am able to use it.

  3. Bob Henson
    February 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    It looks suspiciously as thought Microsoft has realised well before the release of Windows 8 that it will fall as fall as flat as a pancake, amongst business users if not generally, and has started on its damage limitation exercise already. If they can keep the business users happy with extended support, it gives them time to produce a new business O/S (Windows 9?) that looks, and behaves, less like a mobile phone app than Windows 8.

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 6, 2012 at 6:40 am

      That's an interesting thought. I think the support for businesses was already extended, though, and this was an extension of support for consumers.

      Still, they might be realizing that people are not going to rush out and get a desktop OS that looks like it's made for a tablet, no matter how good it is.

    • Steve
      March 24, 2012 at 3:16 am

      I am inquiring if there are any plans to udnlice MAC as a platform for Callburner in the near future? I noticed that there was a prior question regarding the same issue on October 15, 2007 by Chris . We would like to be able to use this application for customer service and training purposes for our firm.Thxs~Quig

  4. XP Geek
    February 27, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Still using XP as well...simple, effective and stable.

  5. Lost-11
    February 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Great news! I'm one of those rare people, who thinks that Vista is most successful Microsoft's OS in a while, so extended support will be great for me.

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

      That is rare. (: What do you like about Vista? I only used it a couple of times and didn't like it at all, but maybe I was just being brainwashed.

  6. Greg
    February 27, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Sadly we have older computers with XP and I feel Microsoft should still be supporting it. I've used Vista/7 now and then, but XP is still the best OS they ever made. Now I use Linux Mint since I don't have to pay for support :)

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

      Windows 7 is actually pretty good. I had the same thing going with Windows 2000... I kept using it long after there was no support. Simply didn't want to switch! I was so traumatized by Windows 98 I thought there will never be anything as stable as Windows 2000. :)

    • Soulideth
      March 24, 2012 at 2:36 am

      Hi awesome Record, I have one quotsien though, I have Movie Maker Vista too. but Mine don t look like yours.. do you know why?

  7. RaMaN
    February 27, 2012 at 3:31 am

    yeah! I'm still using XP and I think its equal to W 7. There's no loss of any productivity. XP rocks!

  8. Pradosh
    February 27, 2012 at 3:09 am

    If you still using XP wait for windows 8, Its not long way to wait for year and half

    • Yaara Lancet
      March 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

      The question is, will Windows 8 be good enough to wait for?

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