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Microsoft announced the termination of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 support on July 12, 2011. This date is marked as part of the Microsoft support lifecycle policy, in accordance with the updated Service Pack support policy.
This date was highlighted when Windows Vista Service Pack 2 was released on April 29, 2009. Windows Vista RTM support was already suspended on April 13, 2010.
In the case of the Windows product family, when a new service pack is released, Microsoft provides 24 months of support for the previous service pack. The general availability date for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 was April 29, 2009
Windows Vista users must update their Service Pack to continue to receive current Windows Vista support. When support for Windows Vista SP1 ends, users who have not upgraded to a Service Pack Support will not have access to new security updates, insecure patches, or the ability to access Microsoft product development resources.
Microsoft recommends customers to migrate to the last supported service pack or product before support ends.
It is better to have Windows 7 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2, which offers more security, reliability, environmentally friendly features and many other benefits.
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