On April 11, 2017, Microsoft ended all support for its Windows Vista operating system. This comes as no surprise as Microsoft routinely ends support for its applications once they are about a decade old. Businesses continuing to use Windows Vista will be vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Plus, if you run into problems, Microsoft will no longer be providing support options to Vista users.

The Risks

There are a number of risks you should be aware of if you’re currently still running Microsoft Vista. For starters, Microsoft is no longer issuing updates, such as patches for recently discovered security vulnerabilities. Hackers often exploit these vulnerabilities to infiltrate and attack computer systems.

Another risk stems from the fact that security software vendors will eventually stop supporting Windows Vista. For example, Microsoft has already announced its intention to end support of Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows Vista in the future. If you happen to be running Microsoft Security Essentials on your Windows Vista machines, you should be aware the anti-malware updates will soon end. Without the latest anti-malware software updates, those computers will be at greater risk for viruses and other malware infections.

Using software that is no longer updated can also make it harder to achieve compliance with regulations and standards that govern the protection of sensitive data. If you cannot protect your computers from new cyberattacks, you might be found in noncompliance with those regulations and standards, which can result in having to pay penalties. You also run the risk of losing business, as customers avoid doing business with companies that are not in compliance.

Your Options

If any of your business’s computers are running Windows Vista, you have several options:

  • Continue using Windows Vista
  • Upgrade your machines to Windows 10 (assuming they meet the operating system requirements)
  • Purchase new computers that run modern operating systems, such as Windows 10 or Apple macOS

We can help you select the best option for your business. After learning about your current software, hardware, operations, and business goals, we can recommend a cost-effective course of action that will be optimal for your business now and in the future.