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2017-04-21 / Guest Columnists

Windows Vista is no longer supported

By Dustin Miller
HTF Columnist

EVELETH – So you have Windows Vista. Well, the end of support for Windows Vista was on Tuesday, April 11. Browsers such as Google Chrome have already stopped updating their browsers for Vista operating systems, and now Microsoft will no longer release any patches for their system. This means that if there are (and we know there are) any bugs in the system, they will not be fixed. I don't think this will be nearly the problem it was when they stopped their support of Windows XP as Windows Vista was never a much-liked operating system anyway.

Basically, what this means, is your computer should still continue to work, but you will now be at more of a risk of getting malware or viruses on your computer. Since any bugs or holes found in the software of the operating system will no longer be fixed. As soon as that exploit is found, the hackers will be able to use it to get control of computers running Vista. We would strongly suggest no longer using these machines for ordering things online nor looking at your financial accounts either.

If you have Windows Vista and are interested in upgrading or purchasing a new computer, let us know and we can help and guide you in the best direction. It depends on the specs of the computer as to whether an upgrade would be worth doing for your current computer. The new computers are so much faster than the computers from years ago, that it is almost always worth purchasing a newer computer instead of upgrading—but this is a computer by computer decision—along with how you use the computer.

Dustin Miller is a general partner of Cold Snap Technology in Eveleth, MN. Cold Snap Technology can be reached at 218-744-1210 or visit www.coldsnaptech.com.

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