What About Vista?

We’re still getting quite a few questions about upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 10.

Thelma writes:  You have answered questions about converting to Windows 10 from 7 or 8.
I operate Visa. What is my situation?You have answered questions about converting to Windows 10 from 7 or 8. I operate Vista. What is my situation?

Jeff writes: Why won’t the new program (Windows 10) include Windows VISTA? Can a non-techie fix this?


Only PCs running Windows 7 and 8.1 are eligible for the free upgrade. (Windows 8 users will need to take the free upgrade to 8.1 first.)  Vista users can either buy a new PC or pay for a Windows 10 license and do a clean install on their computer. (assuming it can handle Windows 10.)  But you will need to do something. Support for Windows Vista ends on April 11, 2017.

There are several reasons Vista systems aren’t eligible for the upgrade. Many Vista PCs probably can’t handle the requirements of Windows 10. Also, not that many people are running the Vista OS. Less than 2% of users are currently running Vista. So Microsoft probably didn’t want to put out that effort of engineering an upgrade that not a lot of people are going to be able to use.   There’s really nothing a techie or a non-techie can do about that.

~ Cynthia

0 thoughts on “What About Vista?

  1. It’s true you can not upgrade from vista to windows 10 for free although you can purchase windows 7 with the product key, install it and then upgrade to windows 10 as long as your system meets the requirements for windows 7 and 10. I have seen windows 7 for $40. Yes it’s a long process but certainly worth the benefits of windows 10.

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