How long can we use Windows Vista after support discontinued ?
When Microsoft finally discontinues support for Windows Vista – it will be different than ALL other Windows systems. For example, when Windows 98 support was discontinued, virtually ALL antivirus companies as well discontinued products. So to stay on one had to basically run “barefoot” on the internet (no security protection products) which today and for several years is virtually computer suicide – meaning it will be a matter of hours, days, weeks etc before the computer indeed gets infected and as well possibly unusable according to severity of threat (destructive virus, worm) .
NOTE: Came across this article as a question from a Vista User…
A major security concern beyond Microsoft Support for an OS (operating system – XP, Vista, Windows 7 etc) is that Windows Updates are no longer available and leaves computer security defense against malware as the antimalware product only (antivirus, antispyware, personal firewall). This means no further security patches, updates, upgrades – areas malware and hackers can exploit that will not be patched and become an open door to infection and take over. There are also any rare dreaded “Zero Day” holes which are a security hole in the system found and can easily be exploited and probably already – but there is no defense until emergency patches can be prepared which can take weeks. Some in the past have been ‘WMF metafile’ and ‘.Ani cursor’ and the full small handful over the years in Windows. This leaves only antimalware products as the only defense which as well are possibly, possibly circumvented in a zero day exploit.
With Vista, it is the only system created by Microsoft that does not allow malware to run on it. Now in real world terms you can run Vista forever – even beyond antimalware companies discontinuing products for it. In other words, basically someone might even call you a fool if you purchase antimalware for Vista. What for ? Plus Microsoft incorporated the Vista Firewall after XP Firewall – which is bi-directional, meaning blocking both ways, not just in but out connections too, which XP Firewall only blocked malicious incoming connections and caused installing a safer firewall.
BUT – THE BIG BUT….. The other real world fact is that finally along the way it has been reported that certain spyware catagory threats had finally defeated Vista UAC (User Account Control).
Malware turns off Windows’ UAC, warns Microsoft
By Gregg Keizer Computerworld – Microsoft this week urged users to keep an
oft-criticized Windows security feature turned on, even as it said that more
malware is disabling the tool. User Account Control (UAC) is the feature that
debuted in Vista and …
I admit I purchased Trend Micro antimalware for my brand new Vista – being hesitant to believe the “no viruses on Vista” write ups, but it has been true true true these years to date. If memory serves, Trend Micro was about one of the only products that achieved “Certified For Vista” – not the a ‘works with vista” product that did not achieve the programmer ability to do so. If you remember the old “Look for the XP Logo” for softwares – “Certified for Vista” was/is the same thing. (Vista seperated the best from the rest as far as programming ability worldwide as this day the vast majority have never achieved “Vista Certified” for their softwares – some by choice.
So bottom line, in the very least, Vista will not suffer destruction from crafted destructive viruses and worms made just for that – and the one downside of the possibility that one or a couple of spyware installations may get in. All this as hypothetically the future years after Microsoft will discontinue support for Vista. The other point of course is that there is no rootkit that has ever been able to run on Vista – rootkits being able to install more malware.
All in all, Vista will be safer than Linux forever to use as even just a public computer when you are out and about like at Cafe, Airport, Hotel, Municipal and Free Public Wi-Fi etc. (Rootkits have been found to run on Linux) – and all that as observing the fact of possible spyware infection that comprimises one’s personal files beyond antimalware products discontinued.