You might find a few folks selling Vista on Amazon but there isn't usually any kind of regular stock. The here-and-there copies of Windows Vista you might find for sale from sites you've never heard of are probably selling illegal copies alongside fake or stolen product keys. So what do you do? You do have a few not-so-legal options, which we'll explain: Download Windows Vista via a Torrent Site A number of copies of Windows Vista in ISO format exist floating around various torrent directories , all easy to grab with a free torrent client.
Unfortunately, you never know which one of these Vista torrent downloads are hacked, full of malware and other issues you don't want to deal with. We don't recommend that you download Windows Vista via a torrent. It's doubtful that Microsoft has explicitly condoned the hosting of those Windows Vista downloads, but they probably don't care that much, either. You'll still need a valid product key to install it, which is really what you're paying for when you pay for a version of Windows.
If you bought a boxed copy of Windows Vista yourself, like from a store in town or an online retailer, you might have luck requesting a replacement disc directly from Microsoft. Contact the Microsoft Supplemental Parts Team and explain your situation to them. If you bought your computer with Windows Vista already installed on it, you'll need to contact your computer maker directly for a replacement Vista DVD, or at least a Restore Disc. If you decide to install Windows Vista SP1 by using the stand-alone installer instead of by using Windows Update, you will not have to install the prerequisite updates separately.
The prerequisite updates will be installed by the stand-alone installer if they are necessary. The following three updates are required before you install Windows Vista SP1. However, these updates are also recommended if you do not intend to install Windows Vista SP1. These updates help improve reliability and performance when you install future individual updates from Microsoft: Windows Vista Enterprise A software update is available for the Windows Vista installation components Update updates several internal components that Windows Vista requires in order to install or to remove Windows Vista Service Pack 1 more reliably.
This update must be applied separately before you install Windows Vista SP1 to make sure that Windows Vista SP1 can be installed or removed from the computer. This update will be available on the Windows Update Web site soon after the release of update and before the release of Windows Vista SP1. Update updates the Windows Vista installation software.
For more information, see the "Update information" section. Update information Update is a prerequisite package that contains updates to the Windows Vista installation software. The installation software is the component that handles the installation and the removal of software updates, language packs, optional Windows features, and service packs. Update is available from the Windows Update Web site. To obtain this update, follow these steps:
When does support for Windows Vista end? Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows Vista on April 10, , while extended support ended on April 11, Is Service Pack 2 the last version of Windows Vista?
How long do I have until Windows Vista support ends? Support has already ended for Windows Vista. It expired on April 11, Is it still safe to use Windows Vista? Once an operating system enters extended support, it's still safe to use. It means that Microsoft will continue to patch any security threats but won't add any new features as it would do during the 'mainstream support' phase.
However once extended support is over, Microsoft won't provide security updates, which means your machine is more vulnerable to cyber threats. As Windows Vista has left both mainstream and extended support, it is no longer safe to use. Why do I need to update from Windows Vista? Windows Vista was released over 10 years ago, so Microsoft has turned its attentions to newer products including Windows 7 and Windows As such, Windows Vista is no longer safe.
What happens if I keep using Windows Vista? Your machine will continue to work, but it won't be safe. According to Microsoft: 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.
Software and hardware might not work, as manufactures develop for newer versions of Windows. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you'll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time.
However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials or any other antivirus software will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. This means that PCs running Windows Vista will not be secure and will still be at risk for virus and malware.
Yes, you can upgrade your PC to the latest version of Windows, Windows 10, however be sure to check that your PC is able to handle it. If your machine came with Vista we're guessing that means it's an old PC.
Rather than buying Windows 10, it might be better and cheaper to get a new computer altogether. For more on upgrading to Windows 10, click here.