Windows Vista, released by Microsoft back in 2007 (retail version), has been killed off by Autodesk.
As of Jan 1st 2012, Autodesk officially ceased supporting Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System for all new (and upgraded versions) of its products and services released in 2012. The press release is here.
For those that can’t be bothered to read the press release, here are some key points.
Will the Autodesk software/application I recently purchased (i.e. 2012 version) work on Windows Vista even though Autodesk is ceasing support for this Operating System?
Yes, the current Autodesk product line (version 2012) will continue to be supported on Microsoft Vista. Support will cease for new versions of Autodesk products released beginning January 1, 2012.
How does this ‘ending support’ affect me and the products that I currently own (version 2012 and earlier)? I am still on Windows Vista and do not have the ability to migrate to other Windows OS.
Autodesk will continue to support you and your existing, purchased products on Windows Vista in alignment with our current product support policies.
If I choose to buy a new computer with Windows 7, can I reinstall my 2012 products on the new computer or will I have to buy new licenses?
Yes, you can continue to use your current Autodesk products with this new operating system. Once installed, you will have to obtain a new authorization code.
What do I do if I run into issues with Autodesk products on Windows Vista? Who do I contact for support?
You can continue to utilize your existing Autodesk support channels for Windows Vista issues for Autodesk products/versions which have shipped prior to January 1, 2012. For new versions of Autodesk software shipping after this date, please refer to the Autodesk Discussion Forums for peer-to-peer support if you decide to install these Autodesk products on the Windows Vista operating system.
So, why are Autodesk doing this? Well Microsoft ended sales support for Vista back in 2011 and mainstream support ends sometime in 2012. Autodesk feel that most of their client base has either moved on to Windows 7 or stuck with Windows XP. According to Autodesk, they will work with our customers in the coming 12-24 months to understand their transition plans and make a support decision about Windows XP when it is appropriate to do so.
So, there you have it, no new releases for Vista from Autodesk. If you are running Vista at the moment, you have two choices, stick with Vista the current version of your Autodesk software, or bite the bullet and upgrade to Windows 7.
I’ve found that generally speaking, a Vista capable PC will run Windows 7 without a hitch. Check out this page from Microsoft on upgrading from Vista to 7. You can also download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from here. It will scan your PC for potential issues with your hardware, devices, and installed programs, and will offer recommendations on what to do before you upgrade.