Microsoft to start warning users about Windows 7 end-of-support deadline
If you're still running Windows 7, Microsoft is about to warn you of its upcoming end-of-support date, meaning it's time to upgrade.
Microsoft today announced that starting next month users still running Windows 7 will begin seeing popups warning them of its upcoming end-of-support date and explaining what that means for their PCs. Windows 7 has now entered its final year of official support from Microsoft, and after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting and servicing Windows 7 with security and feature updates. It will essentially become abandonware.
While volume license customers will still be able to pay for updates on Windows 7, most normal users will be out of luck. To remain secure, you'll have to upgrade your OS to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates from Microsoft every month. Failure to do so will put your PC at risk, especially if it's one that connects to the internet. Windows 7 accounts for around 40 percent of all Windows PCs on the market, according to netmarketshare.com, making it a huge target for attackers once January 14 rolls around.
Microsoft says that the warnings on Windows 7 will appear every so often, but users can permanently dismiss them, meaning future warnings will not appear. Just like with Windows XP, the warnings will simply state that this version of Windows is almost out of support and will provide links to Microsoft websites that detail what this means and what the user can do.
Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows, Matt Barlow said the following:
Microsoft isn't going to offer Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 users like it did when Windows 10 first launched, meaning users will have to buy a Windows 10 license if they want to upgrade. However, Windows 7 users can still get Windows 10 for free unofficially by using their Windows 7 license key when activating Windows 10. Microsoft doesn't acknowledge that this works, but it grants you a genuine Windows 10 license upon activation. We recommend doing this as soon as possible if you're still running Windows 7.
If you're a Windows 7 user who simply doesn't want to upgrade to Windows 10, there are alternatives such as macOS, Linux, and even Windows 8.1. But remaining on Windows 7 is a terrible idea. Using third-party antivirus software after January 14 won't protect you from an attacker taking advantage of any OS vulnerabilities that pop up after support has ended. Windows 7 is now 10 years old, and by all accounts is a legacy OS.
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So glad you let me know you had no clue what you were talking about right at the beginning. Otherwise I would have bothered reading the rest of your comment
Would it not be difficult if MS had an option on installation of windows 10 saying if you want to customise the apps, click here and then take us to a scree where can do that? My sound card still use the control panal and even newer hardware like my shuttle express. I do not think the control panel will ever go to be honest or if it does it will be many years. UI better in windows 10 than Windows 7? that is a laugh, windows 10 UI is not even complete and only in the last couple of updates had they sorted out the context menu so it don't look out of place and the UI still looks like it have been cobbled together. i agree with you over performance to a certain degree, but when I was using vegas, running it on Windows 7 or windows 10 made no difference what so ever when I was using it on my old machine, it still took the same amount of time to render the video. Battery life maybe, I have 10 running on a desktop so I can not say. windows 10 is certainly better at memory management, but then so was Windows 8. Dark and light modes could have been added to Windows 7 and 8 for that matter, so nothing great about that and windows 8 had touch support and so did windows 7 to a certain degree, but remember touch screens was not really a thing when Windows 7 was launched.
As for your phone, a minority of people will be able to use mirroring for a very long time, because of the bluetooth standard it needs. Myself I stay well away from your Phone. i am not against people using these things if that is what they want, but I think we need better control to disable and uninstall them while Windows 10 is being installed or first use start up with an OEM machine. I just want an Os that works with out me having to go about disabling stuff and then fidning out thjat what I thought I disabled I have not really disabled it as it is still running in the back ground, IE cortana. Also, lets have more choice about telemetry, like full, basic security and off.
Win 10 is nice but not totally matured...I give it till 2025!
If you are running Windows 7 you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, Your Windows 7 Product key will used as Digital License on Windows 10, and Activated.
I will never leave Windows 95! Windows 2000? No Way.
I will never leave Windows ME...(ok, bad example)
It's XP or nothin! Don't try to shove that Vista stuff on me! (ok, possibly another bad example.)
That Windows 7 looks like something a kid would put together! I will stay on XP until they rip it from my cold dead fingers!
etc etc ad nauseam