How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


  1.    02 Dec 2016 #1
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    How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    Updates froze in August. Can't get any new ones since then. Computer still working fine but how long can that last. The fix seemed a bit confusing to me so I let it go.
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  2.    02 Dec 2016 #2
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    Re: How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    There is no definitive answer to your question. The only updates currently received by Vista are security updates. You will not have any problems until you have a security problem, virus or malware. You may also have your password or other pertinent information stolen. I suggest that you invest a few dollars and update to Windows 10. The problem will most likely come from a virus and/ or stolen information rather than a problem with the OS. Good Luck
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  4.    07 Dec 2016 #4
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    Thanks for the help but the readiness tool did not correct the problem. Just searches endlessly.
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  5.    08 Dec 2016 #5
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    Re: How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicat View Post
    Updates froze in August. Can't get any new ones since then. Computer still working fine but how long can that last. The fix seemed a bit confusing to me so I let it go.
    If you use a good anti-virus you can go for a very long time.
    I have had Windows Updates turned off for months now and don't have any problems, everything works and no security problems
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  6.    08 Dec 2016 #6
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    How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?-vistaupdatesfornovember2016-jpg

    I have Vista installed on two different hard drives on this system. On this hard drive, it seems to update correctly. On the other hard drive, I found that I have the same problem as you do and the readiness tool doesn't find anything nor does running the Windows Installer 4.5. I didn't let those run forever.

    The list I provided above are the last updates made to this hard drive since July. In all likelihood, I will download and install those updates manually on the other hard drive, if I can't get the updater to work properly.
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  7.    08 Dec 2016 #7
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    Re: How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    Quote Originally Posted by ilikefree View Post
    If you use a good anti-virus you can go for a very long time.
    I have had Windows Updates turned off for months now and don't have any problems, everything works and no security problems
    My Vista PC is fully updated at the moment, but I sometimes wonder why I still bother. There is nothing "wrong" with our systems that an update for Windows Update Agent couldn't fix, but Microsoft obviously has other priorities. If Microsoft doesn't care whether or not we ever get these security updates, then why should we believe they care whether or not the Vista versions are any good? I haven't failed to notice that millions of people around the world are still running Windows XP (several times more than are still running Vista), but still no reports of the widespread bot attacks etc. predicted by doomsayers. Vista is definitely more secure than XP. Most security software still supports Vista, with several exceptions (Vista No Longer Supported by Some Security Software). The most serious threat I see to Vista's continued existence is vanishing support from major browsers. Chrome ended support for Vista and XP eight months ago (although many are still using Chrome 49, which I don't recommend); support for IE 9 will end on April 11 (not that it's a very good browser anyway); and even Firefox is apparently planning to end support for Vista and XP (Firefox 53 Will Drop Support for Windows XP and Vista), although an ESR may be available until 2018. Virtually all minor browsers are variants of either Chromium or Firefox, and thus might not be able to offer any lasting refuge. Software such as Sandboxie might perhaps be a solution, but I haven't felt any need to resort to that just yet.
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  8.    08 Dec 2016 #8
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    Re: How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    Quote Originally Posted by wither 3 View Post
    On this hard drive, it seems to update correctly...The list I provided above are the last updates made to this hard drive...
    I am rather curious why your screenshot does not include Security Update for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems (KB3198234)? That would be the security update for Windows kernel-mode drivers that typically has to be manually installed before Windows Update is able to deliver the other Vista updates for November 2016. (I don't know how far behind Lexicat is with Windows updates, or I might offer some advice.)

    Edit: After closer inspection, none of those are November updates; and don't ask me why you received the September cumulative update for IE 9 on November 27.
    Last edited by Vistaar; 08 Dec 2016 at 13:21.
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    Re: How long can I go without new updates on a Vista Home Premium 64 bit computer?


    Quote Originally Posted by Lexicat View Post
    I haven't had any updates since August 2016.
    Yes, you mentioned August in post #1. Did you reinstall Vista SP2 in August? (I notice that your very first forum post was in a thread started by someone who had recently reinstalled Vista SP2.) If not, then you just need to manually install Vista x64 versions of KB3185911, KB3191203 and KB3198234 in that order.
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  10.    08 Dec 2016 #10
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    I did not reinstall SP2. So I just need the 3 updates? Do you get them at Microsoft? Seems like I tried that once and couldn't get anywhere. I'll try again. Thanks for your help.
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