PSA: Mainstream Support for Windows Vista Ends Today

If you're still using Windows Vista on your PC, you might like to know that today is the last day of Mainstream Support for the operating system. Released in 2006 as a follow-on to Microsoft's hugely successful Windows XP, Vista never achieved the blockbuster status of its predecessor. Today, the operating system inched a little closer to obsolescence as Mainstream Support for the software ended.

Now, if you're still running Vista, there's no need to panic. Just because Mainstream Support has ended, that doesn't mean you'll no longer receive support of any kind from Redmond. Mary Jo Foley reports that though today marks the day of free and regular updates, including both security fixes and other patches for Vista, the OS is now into what's called Extended Support. Extended Support offers free security updates while most other updates are available for a fee.

Mainstream support for Windows XP ended in 2009. The OS has been in Extended Support since then and will remain supported until April 2014. Windows Vista users will enjoy Extended Support until April of 2017.

Follow @JaneMcEntegart on Twitter.                            

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
41 comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • killerclick
    I hope Windows 7 supports lasts until Steve Ballmer gets ousted, Microsoft dumps their Metro fixation and realizes that PCs are not mobile phones.
    28
  • scythe944
    willardAbout time. I'm sure the sooner people forget Vista happened, the happier Microsoft will be.



    I'm not sure man, Win 8 might leave the same bad taste, unless the entire world moves over to tablets pretty soon.
    21
  • bystander
    foscooterVista, like ME, was just......UGH!Windows 98SE and XP were good, but I must admit, 7 is great.Except for no native e-mail client, like Outlook Express and whatever Vista had, Windows Mail?

    Vista was a lot better than ME. There was nothing redeeming about ME, but you can see Win 7 is a success, and it's basically Vista with some minor tweaks. The biggest difference was when Win 7 was released the computers that were available at release were good enough for the OS.

    Vista was just too much for the average computer, but the hardware caught up by the time Win 7 released.

    I do believe Win 8 will suffer at the desktop, while loved on the mobile phone and tablet market. Not that it will suck, but I believe Microsoft releases OS's twice as fast as the public wants them.
    13
  • Other Comments
  • willard
    About time. I'm sure the sooner people forget Vista happened, the happier Microsoft will be.
    5
  • scythe944
    willardAbout time. I'm sure the sooner people forget Vista happened, the happier Microsoft will be.



    I'm not sure man, Win 8 might leave the same bad taste, unless the entire world moves over to tablets pretty soon.
    21
  • killerclick
    I hope Windows 7 supports lasts until Steve Ballmer gets ousted, Microsoft dumps their Metro fixation and realizes that PCs are not mobile phones.
    28