Just in case you missed the announcement with all the Tuesday Patching going on, the original version of Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft. To get support from now on, you will have to be running Vista Service Pack 1 or Vista Service Pack 2. So, if you are running the original version of Vista on your PCs, what are you going to do?
The most obvious answer, of course, is to update your systems to one of the available service packs. Way back when, TechRepublic published a blog post on this very subject: "Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1." Installing Service Pack 2 is not much different.
And when you are done installing Vista Service Pack 1, you can remove the remnants of the installation by following this follow-up blog post: "Remove All Remnants of the Windows Vista SP1 Installation."
Still no SP1?
Offhand, I can think of no reason not to update Vista to at least Service Pack 1, but that does not mean that there aren't good reasons, just that I don't know them.
Are you still using the original version of Windows Vista? Why have you not applied Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2? Will Microsoft's announcement that it will no longer support your version be enough motivation to change your installed version?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.