Windows 7 Support Ended Nearly A Year Ago, and It Stills Has Holdouts

Windows 7 is an 11-year-old operating system that has not received updates since January 2020. Its mainstream support ended in 2015, so it has not gotten any new features for over 5 years. Theoretically speaking, however, feature updates are not the most important for a lot of people, so it may not seem important, but it shows how dated OS features and software have gotten over time.

Microsoft does offer paid support for Windows 7 where it would still get updates. The problems, however, are that it is paid (per-device), is expensive, and is mainly for enterprise customers with in-house software.

Fortunately, Windows 10 is still free for users that have a legitimate Windows 7 product key for upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Fresh installs will need a new key for Windows 10, however. Upgrading gives you the opportunity to select if you want to keep your software and/or personal files on your PC, for if you wish to keep anything you’ve installed.

Windows 7 being out of support does not necessarily mean you will get a virus, and that antivirus software alone can help, and such software is unable to do anything about the exploits found within the OS itself. Since a number of enterprises and people alike, making up about 16.8% of Windows PCs worldwide as of October 2020, still use Windows 7, it can be easy for hackers to prey on Windows 7 users, more so the non-tech-savvy ones, with various exploits, ransomware attacks, spyware/malware tools, and so on.

A small percent of people unfortunately still prefers to still use Windows 7 however, despite knowing the risks.

As I mentioned in an earlier article, Windows 7 Support Ends in 1 Day — What Options do Windows 7 Users Have, your primary options were to get Windows 10, switch to a different OS, or simply stay on Windows 7. Getting Windows 10 will help with the security concerns held by many organizations, governments, and regular users alike, keep you from having to replace or potentially needing to completely rewrite software like with a switch to MacOS and Linux, and won’t have the zero-day exploit issues that Windows 7 will have more and more of in the possibly near future.

Originally published at https://www.antonmcclure.com on November 12, 2020.

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