Windows VistaSupport for Windows Vista has officially ended … and most of us wonder why it took so long.

Vista came out right after Windows XP, but it never was the operating system Microsoft intended it to be.

Vista was released in 2006, to be followed by Windows 7 in 2009.

In those three years, many people chose to revert to XP, preferring the older operating system.

Vista remained buggy for the duration of its lifetime, so far as I have been able to determine.

Most people I know didn’t use the operating system. There are a few, though, who have stuck by Vista.

If you have family members still using this antiquated operating system, be aware that the end of support does not mean the computer will inform the user that support has ended. In fact, the user will not be notified and will no longer receive software updates from Windows.

This means no more updates to the built-in security that existed within Vista itself.

The company won’t be offering free technical support, beyond basic support. It also will not honor any warranty claims.

Yes, the computer will continue to operate, and Vista will still start and run.

But computers that still run on Vista software likely will have issues going forward that might not be fixable by the average user.

Remember to check in with your local computer technology specialist if you have questions.