“Change is inevitable. Change is constant,” wrote former British Prime Minister and author Benjamin Disraeli.
No where is it more true than in the world of technology, where changes occur over months rather than years.
Only two years ago, I issued the “final notice” about the death of Windows XP.
Today, I’m alerting you to the upcoming end of life for the Windows Vista operating system and the 2007 versions of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Microsoft will no longer support or issue updates for Vista machines after April 11, 2017. The same will happen for the 2007 versions of Microsoft Office on October 10, 2017.
Simply put, you do not want to use your computer – especially on the Internet – after those dates. Doing so will leave you extremely vulnerable to virus infections and hackers looking to steal your personal information. Repair options will become limited as well.
Many new software programs and hardware devices, such as printers and scanners, won’t work on these older computers.
Google’s Pulling the Plug Early
Internet Explorer 9 is the latest version of that browser available for Windows Vista. Many websites do not display properly in Internet Explorer 9, as you may have already discovered.
A common workaround has been to use Google Chrome, my recommended web browser. However, Google has decided to end its support for Google Chrome on Vista PCs this month – one full year before Microsoft puts Vista to sleep for good.
Continuing to use Chrome on a Vista computer after this month will make your PC more susceptible to viruses and hackers.
You could switch to using the Mozilla Firefox browser on your Vista computer. But that’s not my best recommendation.
So read on…
How To Know If Your PC Runs Vista
First, you need to determine if your computer’s operating system is Windows Vista.
To do this, simply open your web browser and go to http://www.WhatsMyOS.com. This website will detect and display the operating system installed on your PC.
What Version of Microsoft Office Are You Using?
No matter what operating system you’re using, you also need to know if your version of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook needs to be upgraded.
To check what version of Microsoft Office is installed on your computer:
- Click on the start button in the bottom left corner of your screen.
- In the right column, click on Control Panel.
- Click on “Programs and Features” in the window that opens.
- Scroll through the list until you find one that says “Microsoft Office” with the year following it.
- If the year reads 2007, read the next section.
What Actions You Need To Take
Is your computer either running Windows Vista or are you using a 2007 version of Microsoft Office?
Better start planning and budgeting for upgrades.
Most Vista computers cannot be cost-effectively upgraded to a newer version of Windows. You need to plan on purchasing a new or recertified computer.
I strongly discourage you from buying a computer with Windows 8 or Windows 10. These operating systems still have major problems and privacy concerns – which will cause you headaches and cost you lots of dollars to repair.
Although the big box stores can’t sell you a computer with Windows 7, Calibre Computer Solutions can. You’ll be much happier with a stable, working computer that won’t break down nor cost you a fortune in repairs.
Older versions of Microsoft Word and Excel can be easily upgraded to a new version of Microsoft Office. Or you may be able to convert to the free OpenOffice software that does basically the same thing.
Your best option is to call us today to schedule a consultation so we can guide you through the upgrade or replacement option best suited to your individual needs.