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Windows Vista Users, It's Time to Finally Upgrade

Three versions of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system are photographed on shelf of a Best Buy store in Seekonk, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008.

Three versions of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system are photographed on shelf of a Best Buy store in Seekonk, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. // Stew Milne/AP File Photo

It's been 10 years since Microsoft released Windows Vista and now the tech giant is finally killing it. Microsoft will no longer release security updates, fixes or support, paid or otherwise.

The operating system first launched in January 2007 and while it was very flashy, many workplace IT departments did not upgrade to Vista at the time, because of its reputation for making computers sluggish.

According to research, only 0.7 percent of PCs still run Vista, and a whole 7 percent still runs Windows XP. While that's not many people, these computers are at risk (and probably very slow) and should have their hardware and software upgraded to something with better security.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET

By Caitlin Fairchild April 14, 2017


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