Windows 10: Windows Update for Vista Solved

  1.    10 Jun 2017 #1

    Windows Update for Vista

    Windows Update for Vista-

    The last update for my Vista was 9/16. Since that time my Windows Update has not worked. I know Microsoft ceased updates for Vista in 2017. In Nov. 2016 I stopped using my computer and started using it now (6/17).
    The taskbar indicates new updates are available.

    How can I get my Windows Update to work?

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  2.    11 Jun 2017 #2

    Hi, to upgrade to Win 10 from Vista you need to do a clean install of Win 10.

    Once using a current build of Windows, you should find Windows update is working.

    For more on Vista, please see one of the Vista forums e.g.
    Vista Support Forums
    Vista Forums

    What You Need to Know About Upgrading a Windows Vista PC to Windows 10

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  3.    11 Jun 2017 #3

    Thanks for the feedback. I was not sure if Vista could upgrade to Windows 10, but your link seems to say it can.

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  4.    11 Jun 2017 #4

    No, sorry, exactly the opposite, I'm afraid, as per my first statement.

    You can't upgrade your existing Vista installation, keeping all programs, to Windows 10.

    Windows 10 upgrade paths (Windows 10) | Microsoft Docs
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  5.    11 Jun 2017 #5

    The statement I read said:

    "But Windows 10 will certainly run on those Windows Vista PCs. After all, Windows 7, 8.1, and now 10 are all more lightweight and faster operating systems than Vista is."

    Perhaps I misinterpreted the sentence. However, I do realize you could not keep all programs, but the sentence seems to say Windows 10 will work on a Vista PC.

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       11 Jun 2017 #6

    I've rehabbed several Vista machines and can affirm that Win10 may run on the same hardware, presently using a Dell Inspiron 530S with the Insider Preview, only issue was I had to add a video card as there were no Intel Win10 drivers for the onboard adapter.

    I've also Upgraded a couple of Vista computers to Win7 w/SP1 using a Retail copy of Win7 Upgrade 3-pack then up to Win10.
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  7.    12 Jun 2017 #7

    I was not sure if Vista could upgrade to Windows 10
    There is a complete difference between
    - whether Win 10 will run on a particular hardware configuration
    - whether you can upgrade a particular Windows build to Win 10

    The first is a matter of compatibility and available drivers.

    The second includes that.. but also the upgrade procedure. Upgrading is the process by which you boot normally and launch setup.exe from your downloaded Win 10 (or this happens via Windows update). The consequence is you retain all your programs, settings and data, and continue work uninterrupted (if all goes well).

    Having an appropriate license is a further matter. Nominally, the free upgrade offer expired a long time back. In practice, MS appears to be being more lenient.

    Your original question was 'how do I get Windows update to work' - which seemed to imply you wanted to upgrade to Win 10 via Windows Update. As shown above, that won't happen.

    However, if you install a current Windows build, hopefully Windows Update will function again.
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  8.    12 Jun 2017 #8

    Hello All –

    Sorry I used the wrong terminology in my post. Instead of saying Windows to update, I should have said Vista to update. Now that you both have figured out my wording error, I appreciate your feedbacks. I now understand my options.

    Thanks for responding,
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