Why is it so Important to Update Your Computer Operating System?

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Support for Windows Vista to End April 11, 2017: What That Means for You

Often it can be hard to determine when it’s time to update your computers operating system. Recently Microsoft has announced that it will no longer offer product support for Windows Vista. With this announcement, many Microsoft users will need to update. This change can be confusing and hard to manage, and users are often left wondering why it is so important to spend the time and money needed to update their operating systems. With stronger security, access to support, and the ability to work with newer programs, updating old operating systems becomes a necessity.

The following clip shows how updating electronics, whether it be operating systems or printers, can be essential to success of a company.

As the video shows, updating your electronics is vital. The following list will help to explain why updating your outdated operating system is so important.

Ensure Stronger Computer Security

No company or individual wants their private information to be compromised. With outdated operating systems, cyber-crime becomes a possibility. Unsupported operating systems will no longer receive security updates. This means that it is much easier for harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software to gain access to your computer. Hackers will target outdated operating systems because of their vulnerability, allowing them to breach your computer and gain personal information. The best way to prevent this is by updating your operating system to the latest version.

Allow Access to Support

Printers, keyboards, and speakers are each specific types of hardware that are essential to your computer experience. In order for these pieces of hardware to connect to your computer properly, they have to go through a type of software called drivers. These drivers allow the hardware to connect to the computer, so you can do things like print, type, click, and scan.  When operating systems become outdated, they no longer have regular software updates. This means that drivers will not update. As a result, you may not be able to connect to your new printer, type from your keyboard, or listen from your speakers. Updating from an old operating system like Windows Vista can ensure that your hardware works, giving you the confidence in knowing that your print jobs will come out right, every time.

Enhance Compatibility with New Computer Programs

Technology is constantly evolving. Each day new computer programs are being released and old computer programs are being updated. Whether you use these programs at work, at home, or at school, chances are they are vital to your success. Old operating systems are unable to run new programs, putting you behind. Updating Windows Vista, or any other operating system, will make sure that you can run the latest computer programs, giving you the tools needed to be successful.

End of Life Dates

 Operating System

 End of Life Date

 Windows Vista 4/11/2017
 Windows 71/14/2020
 Windows 8/8.11/10/2023
 Windows 10 10/14/2025

This table will give you an idea of when your current operating system will reach end of life. It would be a good idea to consider upgrading to the newest version before your current system reaches end of life, so that you can ensure your information is protected.


With enhanced security, better support, and compatibility with new programs, updating just makes sense. Your computer’s update process can be intimidating, but Les Olson Company can help! Our I.T. department specializes in helping businesses find their best upgrade path.

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By | 2017-10-05T14:39:38+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Managed IT Services|
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