Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 7

MakeUseOf | 1/14/2020 | Dave Parrack
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Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7. So, unless you’re a company willing to pay for continued support, it’s time to move on from Windows 7. And if you don’t then you’ll be stuck using an increasingly unsafe operating system. The choice is yours.

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Windows 7 was initially released in 2009. It proved to be very popular, being treated as the spiritual successor to Windows XP. However, Microsoft has since moved on, first to Windows 8, and then to Windows 10, which arrived on the scene in 2015.

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Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended that same year, with Microsoft encouraging everyone to upgrade to Windows 10 (for free, for a time). However, Microsoft has continued delivering security updates to Windows 7 to keep everyone safe. Until now.

On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 hit its end of life. This means that both mainstream support and extended support have ended, and Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. The one exception being businesses running Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise.

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To be clear, this doesn’t mean your Windows 7 PC is going to...
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