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According to an article today in The Register, Microsoft will no longer support Vista from the end of this month.

I have a laptop that is not even a year old using an operating system that will not even have had a year's support and I've heard that upgrading to Windows 7 is nearly impossible.

What are my options?

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If your laptop is less than a year old with Vista, it is eligible for a free migration to Windows 7. Also, rework your question to focus on an actual objective fact, and not the "is anyone else angry". – Gnoupi Apr 15 '10 at 8:53
I'm sorry, very few questions about Microsoft products have real answers: leaving only one response - anger.. that and banging your head against a brick wall. Want to know something about Linux? There's an answer. Want to do something using a Microsoft product? Don't make us laugh. – PP. Apr 15 '10 at 8:54
@PP - start a blog. This kind of thoughts belongs there, not on Super User. – Gnoupi Apr 15 '10 at 8:57
Support for Vista with whatever the latest SP is will probably end sometime in 2013 or later. – alex Apr 15 '10 at 9:21
"I've heard that upgrading to Windows 7 is nearly impossible." - Where have you heard this?? – Shevek Apr 15 '10 at 9:46
up vote 9 down vote accepted

Read the article again - MS are not dropping support for Vista, only for non-service packed Vista.

The company announced in February that the service pack-free version of its post-XP, pre-Windows 7 OS would hit end of life support in April.

My emphasis.

As long as you are running SP2 you will still be covered.

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Ah; this is reasonable. Thank you for making that clear. – PP. Apr 15 '10 at 8:57

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