Which means, if you're somehow stuck with Microsoft's least popular operating system, it's time to move on. That lack of support after April 11—which applies to Internet Explorer 9 as well—doesn't just mean basic inattention.From here on out there will be no more Vista security patches, no more bug fixes, and no more technical help.There is absolutely no need for restarting Windows after each installation, as it will only delay the whole process.Supports in-system programming of flash devices through RS232, USB or CAN.Operating systems that are no longer supported are much more vulnerable to attack, because bad actors who find vulnerabilities in the software know that they will be able to exploit them for years without needing to worry about the bug getting patched.Honestly, you'll be doing yourself a bunch of favors all at once by upgrading past Vista."The time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources towards more recent technologies," Microsoft said in announcing the move. Fortunately, Vista's bad reputation led most people to abandon it years ago.Microsoft won’t be offering a free Windows 10 upgrade to any old Windows Vista PCs you might have around.
Microsoft is charging 9 for a boxed copy of Windows 10 you can install on any PC. You might have used — or still be using — the Windows 10 preview as a “Windows Insider.” Microsoft has made some confusing statements, but the reality is that you won’t be able to upgrade to the final release of Windows 10 unless you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 license. However, it seems you can continue using preview releases of Windows as a Windows Insider.Today that story is very different because since 2009 it has steadily declined in usage as people opted to stay with Windows XP or adopt Windows 7 as their new operating system.According to April 2016 data from Stat Counter, Windows Vista is only on 1.77% of the computers connecting to the Internet these days.The software runs on Windows 9x, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Linux x86.Two installation files are available: one with Java Run-time Environment (JRE) integrated and one without.