Microsoft bids farewell to Windows Vista with end of support
The time has come: Microsoft has put the final nail in the coffin for Windows Vista. As detailed on its support site (opens in new tab), Microsoft will no longer ship new security updates, non-security hotfixes, or even free or paid assisted support options as of today, April 11.
Vista originally launched in January 2007, coming five years after the launch of Windows XP. While Vista introduced the new Aero UI elements that would later be refined in Windows 7, Vista became one of Microsoft's more maligned Windows releases due to high system requirements, a lack of compatible drivers at launch, and a number of other issues.
The end of life date for Vista has been known for a while (opens in new tab), and Microsoft actually ended what it calls "mainstream support" all the way back in 2012. Today's move marks the end of extended support for the OS.
Even though support has ended, you'll still be able to keep using Windows Vista. However, in the absence of security updates, you're much more open to viruses and malware attacks. Compounding the problem is that Microsoft also says it has stopped offering Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows Vista.
If you happen to still be hanging onto Vista as your OS of choice, Microsoft recommends an upgrade to a PC with Windows 10, which just so happens to be receiving a pretty big upgrade with the Creators Update today.
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Moreover it was first drastic change in UI especially for different settings (most prominent network setting).
Windows XP x64 Professional was.
Was a great OS that ran architecture programs fantastically
Windows Server is Windows.
Windows is Server Windows.
Windows XP Home edition is Windows.
Windows is Windows XP Home edition.
And Windows XP was based on Windows NT/2000 and not Windows 9x/ME.
NT was server based... So we going in circles.
Windows XP 32-bit was NT 5.1.
Windows XP 64-bit was NT 5.2.
Windows Server 2003 32-bit AND 64-bit were both NT 5.2. This explains why Windows XP 32-bit got up to Service Pack 3, but XP 64-bit did not. Click on Start -> Run -> and type in winver and press Enter. You'll see the above kernel numbers if you do that for each of the respective operating systems above. Also, FYI: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 (R1) = NT 6.0
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 = NT 6.1
Windows 8 (NOT 8.1) and Windows Server 2012 (R1) = NT 6.2
Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 = NT 6.3
Windows 10 was going to have "6.4" in the kernel version, but Microsoft decided to change it to 10.0 before it RTM'd. With Build 1511 (maybe a few Insider builds earlier than that), they abandoned the "NT" based numbers altogether and replaced them with the four digit numbers that we see today (Anniversary = 1607, Creators = 1703). Server 2016 RTM started at the "Anniversary" level (1607).
- Windows XP 32-bit also has an RDP update (that's Remote Desktop Protocol, formerly known as Terminal Services) that goes up to 7.0. Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x86, and Server 2003 x64 do NOT have this update (although XP 32-bit's RDP update can be "tricked" into being installed on Server 2003 32-bit, but there is no NT 5.2 x64 version of the RDP update). Although Windows XP x64 was the first x86-64 client-based Windows Operating System, drivers for consumer-based products were few and far between (until Vista came out, in which some Vista x64 drivers do work wtih XP x64), and you pretty much had to know to look for Server 2003 x64 drivers if all else failed. I had XP x64 installed on a few boxes as well, but let's face it: it was one of three redheaded stepchildren of that era (the other two being Windows XP Media Center Edition and Windows XP Tablet PC Edition*). *: At least with the other two redheaded stepchildren, they were based on 32-bit Windows XP Professional (with the ability to join domains disabled on the Media Center Edition), which allowed them to be on (mostly) the same support path as its more popular parent. Since Windows XP x64 Edition didn't have that luxury (requiring completely new drivers, and had to be treated like a crippled Server 2003 x64 because that's exactly what it was), and it wasn't marketed like 32-bit XP was, there wasn't a whole lot of incentive to make 64-bit drivers and support problems with software installs running on XP x64 (the few that there were, since WOW64 did and still does a great job with 32-bit applications).
I loved Vista
I honestly wish Microsoft kept the desktop and mobile versions of OSs separate, only sharing the underneath code between them. The whole mess began when Microsoft panicked and combined the two. Imagine if we had a true successor to Windows Phone 8.1 and the desktop was free from the clutter of "mobile apps" that have no business running, limited and weak, on the desktop. Ahhh...what a lovely vision that would have been!