New features of Windows Vista include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Aero, a new search component called Windows Search, redesigned networking, audio, print and display sub-systems, and new multimedia tools such as Windows DVD Maker.
Vista aimed to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network, using peer-to-peer technology to simplify sharing files and media between computers and devices. NET Framework, allowing software developers to write applications without traditional Windows APIs.
Windows 8 (not 8.1) stopped receiving updates after 12th of January, 2016.
Current users can upgrade for free to Windows 8.1 via Windows Store.
If you see an "Windows installer package" alert message, follow these steps to try to repair the software through the Windows Control Panel.
If the steps in these articles don't help you fix the issue, you might be able to find a solution through a search of the Microsoft support website.
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writes: " Dear Dennis, My Windows Update won't update.
It happened when I upgraded to Windows 8.1; I had over 100 updates to download.
I have been unable to update Windows Vista for months now.
I fixed it once by using the Vista disk and it's not updating again.