If you’re still using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you probably don’t know the actual date of their “end-of-life” — the date Microsoft will no longer provide “mainstream and extended support” for their operating systems. Using a computer beyond it’s supported life is dangerous because users won’t receive critical updates and patches — they won’t receive patches or updates of any kind.
Not to worry. If you’re still using Windows Vista or Windows XP you’ve got time. The following actual end-of-life dates were found by Ed Bott on a Japanese Microsoft blog post:
Here are the end-of-life dates for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7:
Windows XP – April 8, 2014
Windows Vista – April 11, 2017
Windows 7 – January 14, 2020
If you’re clinging to that old Windows XP machine you can breathe a bit easier. As of today, February 21, 2012, you still have a bit over 800 days of updates and patches left. Enjoy.