It's been fun using Windows Vista for nearly five years total. Two years on the deceased laptop and nearly three years on this computer. Unfortunately, I can't keep using it forever.
I found a copy of the full retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate (SKU GLC-00182) off of eBay for $79 (free shipping). I will try to get the data backed up as much as possible if I can. I will be using the full product to do a in-place upgrade.
I am not planning on using Windows Vista after this year. Why?1.
Many software and hardware vendors are abandoning Windows Vista support. This means that there will be more misses than hits if the software works correctly on the gravely obsolete and soon to be unsupported OS.
One good example is that Google has already dropped Windows Vista support with its Chrome browser in April of this year. Mozilla is expected to do the same next year.2.
Windows Vista reaches end of life on 11 April 2017.
This means that after this date, Microsoft will no longer be able help Windows Vista users on the phone with any critical problems they're having with the deceased OS and will stop issuing security updates after this date. it will no longer be safe to continue using the OS online.
Only 1.1% (that translates to nearly 20 million) of internet connected machines still use Windows Vista and it won't be too much longer when the marketshare falls below 1%.
Windows XP and Windows Vista neither have direct upgrade paths to Windows 10 - a clean installation is mandatory. To get around this.
Windows XP users would need to upgrade to at least Windows Vista, apply SP1 or SP2 first and then upgrade to Windows 7 and apply SP1 next.
Users on Windows Vista SP1 or SP2 would need to upgrade to Windows 7 and apply SP1.
Users on Windows 8 will need to update to Windows 8.1 before upgrading to Windows 10.
Other than that, I will be opening gift submissions for my Secret Santa 2016 event less than two weeks from today. I'm expecting that at least 55 to 65 participants submit their work on the first day gift submissions open. I might not have the time to go through every gift being submitted, but if I'm lucky, I'll comment on the best ones!
Right now, I'm getting a bit of a break after sign-ups closed and that participants have received a note for their assignment. If you still haven't got your note, you need to contact me as soon as possible!