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Windows 7 support officially ends today, more than 10 years since its release

Windows 7 Out Of Support
Windows 7 Out Of Support (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Windows 7 support officially ends today.
  • After support ends, the operating system will no longer receive security updates, technical support, or any software updates.
  • Some estimate that 300 million devices still run Windows 7.

Windows 7 support officially ends today. Microsoft warned people repeatedly to help them prepare for today, and now the end of support has officially arrived. Following the end of support, Windows 7 will no longer receive software updates, security updates, or technical support. Microsoft recommends moving to Windows 10 to receive support and updates. You can read answers to common questions about Windows 7 support ending on Microsoft's website (opens in new tab)

Windows 7 is one of the most-loved versions of Windows ever. There are still many companies and people who choose to stay on it. Some estimate that approximately 300 million devices still run Windows 7. That being said, Windows comes with a plethora of features that make it worth upgrading to in the eyes of many. Windows 10 has been out for years, meaning it's received several meaningful major updates and thousands upon thousands of bug fixes.

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Even though Microsoft claims that support for the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is over, you can still take advantage of it. Microsoft seems to turn a blind eye to anyone who uses the Windows 10 Upgrade (opens in new tab) website to activate a Windows 10 license with a Windows 7 serial key.

For enterprise scenarios, end of support for Windows 7 could mean putting customers, suppliers, and partners at risk if they're still running Windows 7 PCs, says Kevin Galvin, senior product manager at Quest Software.

"Many businesses are still running Windows 7 because they've been slow to act, hadn't seen it as a priority, or thought of it as too much of a daunting challenge to upgrade all their systems," Galvin says. "Daunting as it may be, we're now at the stage where the best option is to upgrade. However, if businesses cannot and have made arrangements with Microsoft to pay for continued Windows 7 patching support, it is critical that they make sure their patch management system will be able to apply them."

If you upgrade to Windows 10 and miss the look of Windows 7, you can use software like Start10 (opens in new tab) to make your new operating system look old again.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

10 Comments
  • No, it doesn't end today at all. Not while Microsoft provide fully supported A/V and Chromium Edge. Microsoft can't claim W7 is risky to use while supporting their OS with fully supported A/V and browser.
  • You're delusional, and it's time to get real. Consumer support for the OS is dead. With the exception of something like WannaCry, as in XP, you're not getting any out-of-band patch going forward. Don't be that person who sticks their head in the ground ignoring what's actually happening while the rest of the world moves forward. Microsoft is not going to make an announcement that they made a mistake and they'll be reverting everyone back to Windows 7. Your windows 7 install will upgrade to windows 10 and you'll be granted a free digital license for your troubles so you don't need to rebuy Windows 10. Even if you don't want to stick with Windows 10 now, you may as well take the offer if you plan on using a Windows PC anytime in the next 10 years. Good luck, stay safe what ever you choose to do.
  • The workaround to get ESU updates is already available.
  • At least we're not stuck with Windows 8.
  • Thats what I prefer over Windows 10. Actually 8.1
    later
    -1
  • I can't see just throwing away a perfectly functional laptop, so I'll continue to keep my Thinkpad T60p around. Can't upgrade to Windows 10 because there is no graphics driver. The reported workarounds in internet searches don't seem to have good reports, so not worth trying. In particular, they don't. run the high screen resolution that my T60p has, or would be buggy. It's the only thing that I have with a DVD, so worth keeping just for that. No paying for streaming movies for me when I can check out DVDs from the library.
  • Agreed. I have several computers, laptops and tablets.
    6 PC- Windows 7
    3 tablets - Windows 8.1
    3 laptops - 1 has 10 for testing, and the other 2 have windows 7 Never upgrading to 10, its far too unstable, and always will be with
    the constant updates. later
    -1
  • "... And will always be with the constant updates." Oh no! Microsoft is making sure that you have a up to date PC all the time! The horror! How dare they!
  • There are company with a big forecast
  • I guess it's time. I liked windows 7 like I loved windows xp but time moves on and the computers must evolve. Windows 10 ain't no windows 7 or XP but it does what I need it to do and it's at least better than M.E. , Vista and 8/8.1