Its true, Windows Vista will be part of the past, along with Windows XP and previous operating systems. Microsoft will be ending their "Mainstream Support" by April 2017. What does this mean? It means users won't be receiving security updates, reliability updates, or receive any technical support for their Vista systems; which also means you may be at risk of getting information compromised by using your system.
So what are your options?
In the end it narrows down to transition to a new system, with either Windows 7, 8.1 or Windows 10. Although Microsoft has already forcefully upgraded many users into Windows 10 this past year; some are in a huge dilemma whether or not to love Windows 10. But for most it has been a nightmare and gladly there is a solution for that.
The solutions would vary on your preference, whether you want a system that will be similar to Vista and purchase a system with Windows 7 or if you indefinitely want to be innovative and willing to learn a new operating system, and buy a system with Windows 10. As you can see there aren't many options. Sandia Computers carries Windows 7 machines for those who love the Vista interface. Windows 7 will still be supported for another three years (2020), giving users time to still have an operating system with support and security updates. Not only that, but Windows 7 will be more stable in terms of program and software compatibility; especially if you are transitioning programs or files from Windows Vista or previous operating systems. In the end, Microsoft may extend the support dates or even help users transition to Windows 10 with ease and make it more user friendly.
Unfortunately you cannot install Windows 7 on a system with a previous operating system or higher. Unless of course you own a Windows 7 license that allows you to, which can be very unlikely. However, if you own a system licensed for Windows 7 but upgraded to Windows 10, there is a possibility of reloading the operating system and getting you back to Windows 7. Now the downside of Windows 7 is that it will only be supported for three years. After 2020, you are more than likely going to be looking at transitioning to a new operating system or even a new system once again. Which then brings us to the good side of Windows 10: Yes it is a big learning hassle, but it will give your system a little more life span in terms of support. Time will determine everything in this case.
So what will you choose? Go with a familiar operating system or set yourself to learn a new interface? Whichever you choose, Sandia Computers is here to help.