Microsoft Software updates: no more support for Vista; AMD and Intel will need Windows 10

(Reuters/Rickey Rogers/Files)Microsoft will prevent updates for Vista, 7, and 8.1.

Microsoft will stop sending security updates, hotfixes, and assisted support options to Windows Vista users starting April 11 this year.

The move to stop the assistance and the updates for the operating system is in line with the continued investment in new technologies.

Users may still continue to use Windows Vista; however, they should be aware of the risks that the computer will be exposed to and of the compatibility issues that may arise.

"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. Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported, so if your Windows Vista PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 9 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats," the website says.

"Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows Vista," the official website continued.

Windows Vista was launched in 2007 but has already stopped receiving mainstream support from the company since 2012. However, other supplementary supports and updates were continued since then.

Similarly, Windows 7 and 8.1 will not receive any security updates for users who have Intel, Qualcomm, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) processors.

Processor generations such as Qualcomm "8996," AMD "Bristol Ridge," and the Intel seventh-generation processors will not be able to download or scan updates through the Windows or Microsoft Update.

These processors or any other later generations of processors are recommended to install Windows 10 as replacements to the older computer operating systems.

The move is not only in-line with the ongoing support for more modern technologies, but is also a response to the "challenging" problem of running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on more recent processors in the market.

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