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Windows Vista and Windows XP had mainstream support cut years back, with XP's mainstream support ending in 2009, and Vista's ending in 2012.

After a long and courageous battle with relevance, support for Windows Vista officially ends April 11, 2017. What that means in real terms is that from today, Microsoft will not offer any kind of security updates or patches for the operating system, meaning it will not be safe from the evils of the ever-changing cavalcade of nasties.

The end of the road for Vista came on the same day Microsoft began rolling out the Creators Update for Windows 10 users.

And just like that, another Microsoft operating systems bites the dust.

"If you continue to use Windows Vista after support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses", Microsoft said in its support forums.

The discontinuation of Vista comes as no surprise, given Microsoft has been pushing latest software Windows 10 since its release in July 2015. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version. So, Vista never really had time to improve the overall impression. Dell, HP and Lenovo were soon including disc copies of XP with all new computer purchases, as Microsoft mandates that all their hardware have Vista pre-installed.

Windows Vista released in April 2004 and had several issues throughout its life, such as heavily hogging resources and making user control hard.

Do you know anyone still using Windows Vista, and if so, do you think the operating system reaching End of Life will matter to them?

Open "winver", and then open 'About Windows'. We're looking at you, 0.10% Vista users. Windows Vista set the scene for Windows 7 to murder Windows XP for good, and for that reason alone, Vista gets 56 thumbs up from me.