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MSE Microsoft Security Essentials support ending for Vista

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98
#1
Hello,

I'm running Windows Vista x64 Ultimate with all the latest updates.

Recently MSE (version 4.10 ) started to produce pop-up messages with something about when support for Windows Vista ends.

MSE had been running with in the taskbar with a green icon. That icon is now orange.

After opening MSE there is a message:

"Support for this operating system is ending. When this occurs Microsoft Security Essentials will no longer be supported and your PCM might be unprotected. To make sure your PC stays protected, click the link below to see our end-of-support guidance for operating systems."

When I click on the link a MS webpage opens with a heading

Windows XP support has ended

Googling end-of support for Vista results

  

OS service pack End of extended support
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 April 11, 2017

Does this mean MSE along with virus and spyware definitions will be supported under Vista until April 11th, 2017?

 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Thinkcentre
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 CPU 2.67 Ghz
    Motherboard
    OEM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080p

richc46

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Fairfield County, CT

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#2

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
Posts
98
#3
I did a search for MSE related message but for some reason that post didn't show up.

Anyway I went through this same sort of scenario with XP. I'm assuming Windows Defender support will also be discontinued?

I'll probably install a 3rd party security software. I have a Windows 8 upgrade but not planning to install on a 10 year old Vista PC , even though it has a 2.13 Ghz core 2 duo and 4 gigs memory. The hardware design is fairly old compared to newer PCs with later hardware architectures, better suited for Windows 8 and 10
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Thinkcentre
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 CPU 2.67 Ghz
    Motherboard
    OEM
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080p
#4
I did a search for MSE related message but for some reason that post didn't show up.

Anyway I went through this same sort of scenario with XP. I'm assuming Windows Defender support will also be discontinued?

I'll probably install a 3rd party security software. I have a Windows 8 upgrade but not planning to install on a 10 year old Vista PC , even though it has a 2.13 Ghz core 2 duo and 4 gigs memory. The hardware design is fairly old compared to newer PCs with later hardware architectures, better suited for Windows 8 and 10
Actually, Windows 8 is quite snappy, and should run even better on that Vista PC. When I was trying out the Windows 8.1 preview, I tried it out on a machine that was a P4 3 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. It works decently on that. If Vista ran well on your machine, Windows 8 will run better.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP xw8200 Workstation
    CPU
    Two Intel Zeon 3.68 GHz Processors
    Motherboard
    Proprietary
    Memory
    7 GB DDR2 400 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 9400GT PCI
    Sound Card
    SoundMax Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21" 4x3 Flat Screen
    Screen Resolution
    1600x1200
    Hard Drives
    Two Fujitsu MAP3735NP 73 GB U320 SCSI Disks
    PSU
    Proprietary
    Case
    HP xw8200 Workstation Case
    Cooling
    Two CPU Fans and One Larger Cooling Fan
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Optical Mouse
    Keyboard
    PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    7 mbps
    Other Info
    Two LSI U320 SCSI Adapters
    (also I run Windows 8 Pro x64 - no place ot list OS)