All Microsoft Security Support For Windows 7 Will End Exactly One Year From Today

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 4:16 PM
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UPDATE: Here we are one year later and it's about to become official. The Windows 7 support life-cycle will be ending tomorrow, January 14th, 2020.

True to Microsoft's word it has stuck by Windows 7 with over a decade of software support since its launch on October 22nd, 2009. Windows 8 came and went, and now Windows 10 has taken the position of Microsoft's de facto OS.

As of tomorrow, Microsoft will discontinue support for Windows 7. After January 14th, 2020, there will be no further technical assistance nor software updates for Windows 7 users. Microsoft "strongly recommends" these users move to Windows 10 with immediate effect.

Should you continue to use Windows 7, Microsoft has warned you may be vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will still work as usual, only further vulnerabilities will not be patched by Microsoft.

Original Story: 14-Jan-2019 - All Microsoft Security Support For Windows 7 Will End Exactly One Year From Today

We’re now into the final year of Windows 7 receiving security updates. Mainstream support for Windows 7 finished back in 2015 but now it’s almost time for extended support for Windows 7 to wind down. On January 14th, 2020, Windows 7 users will no longer receive any security updates for the operating system.

On this day in a year’s time, support for Windows 7 will be dead. It will be a legacy operating system that has been abandoned by Microsoft. Naturally, Windows 7 users will still be able to continue using Windows 7 after 2020, it will just become more vulnerable to security threats and won’t be updated to be compatible with newer hardware.

Windows 7 is still a massively popular OS though, accounting for roughly 28% of all PC gamers according to the latest Steam Hardware Survey. This number is shrinking month by month, however, with Windows 10 now in a commanding position and 63.79% of the surveyed Steam user base.

Millions and millions are still clinging onto the decade-old operating system though, and they’re running out of time to make the switch without opening themselves up to potentially significant security vulnerabilities. The biggest impact will undoubtedly be felt in the enterprise sector, many of which will require large-scale OS upgrades or simply rely on software that isn’t made to run on new operating systems.

From my personal usage, I’ve never really run into many issues with Windows 10, despite hearing plenty of anecdotal horror stories. It may be the luck of the draw, or just very specific use cases causing issues, but Windows 10 always seems to do the job just fine. The lure of the new OS clearly isn’t enough for a significant portion of the PC user base though, but abandoned security support may be the final push some people need.

How many of you fine folks are still using Windows 7? Will you finally upgrade once Microsoft’s support ends? If not, why?

Which OS are you primarily using?

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Once there's a game which I really, really want to play and its only on Windows 10, then I'll make the switch. Otherwise I'm surviving just fine over here

beard333

Personally, I decided to bite the bullet when Windows 10 came out, I would have to sooner or latter. And I have to admit that experience wasn't bad. I didn't really experience quite few issues other people were complaining about, not even Windows Update. So I can't say I would ever regret it.

Seth22087

Just as a captain doesn't leave his ship, I'm not leaving Windows 7.

Archterror

Many new games require w10 as a minimum so for gamers windows 10 is the absolute way to go

MobyFreak

i was a heavy windows 7 user but windows 10 is just as great, you just have to find your work arounds with any OS software

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20:08 Jan-14-2020

i was a heavy windows 7 user but windows 10 is just as great, you just have to find your work arounds with any OS software

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16:17 Jan-14-2020

Microsoft urges us to upgrade? I would but I am not at a point where I am ready to use Linux as my daily driver. Moving to Windows 10 would be a downgrade.

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17:10 Jan-14-2020

hey buddy perhaps write some blog series if you move onto Linux, I would definitely read through them,
years back I wanted to move full Linux (Manjaro) but ended up with MacOS just because things went smooth,
nowadays with more advanced WINE APIs many games are well playable so perhaps things are way more friendly now on Linux...

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04:48 Jan-14-2020

Logical conclusion: windows 3.1 good, windows 95 bad, windows 98 SE good, windows ME/2000 bad, windows XP good, windows Vista bad, windows 7 good, windows 8 bad, windows 10 good. Only i see a pattern in this or someone else share my idea?

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09:18 Jan-14-2020

You've skipped Windows ME between Win 98 and 2000, which was really bad. Windows 2000 was really OK

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10:05 Jan-14-2020

i'm not talking about professional use, windows 2000, that was an NT, evolution, was a decent Os for professional usage but far from "good and easy" for standard users. btw for professional usage i consider knoppix a better Os at the time.

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17:13 Jan-14-2020

pattern I see:
W3.1 good
W95 okay
W98 fine
WXP alright
WVista too cool
W7 usable
W8 wtf is this
W10 wtf you doin Microsoft


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01:44 Jan-14-2020

Just as a captain doesn't leave his ship, I'm not leaving Windows 7.

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09:53 Jan-14-2020

Ayyy Cap'n! Permission to join yer crew?

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16:19 Jan-14-2020

Arrrr permission to come aboard cap'n

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23:25 Jan-13-2020

I wonder if they keep updating win 10 as a live service or we'll see a new windows version in the future like win 12 or smth

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23:36 Jan-13-2020

Windows 10 is forever.

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17:14 Jan-14-2020

Windows 10 for ARM is real, so I expect "Windows 10 S" garbage kicking back in hard soon

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19:31 Jan-13-2020

Just make sure to keep your security (bitdefender, avast, etc) updated.

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17:15 Jan-14-2020

or even better, no internet

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18:51 Jan-13-2020

why upgrade when you can use both, my friend use both win10 and win7 just installed them on different hdds his main is win7 but he goes for 10 when he wants to play games as some have better peformance there

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11:12 Jan-14-2020

Many new games require w10 as a minimum so for gamers windows 10 is the absolute way to go

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16:20 Jan-14-2020

I do this, Windows 7 on one drive for everyday use and Windows 10 on another for Forza Horizon and Need For Speed.

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17:17 Jan-14-2020

that's a good question,
from my own experience, problem is those systems are still both Windows, so any malware or virus attack which strikes one of those OSes basically destroys both (same filesystem, same folder structure etc..)
me, I use MacOS for most use, and Windows 10 for Forza Horizon and other games - advantage of this setup is, MacOS cannot write on NTFS drives, and Windows cannot even see MacOS drives - so although both are effectively "on" at the same time, they cannot corrupt each other because of driver/kernel limitations :)

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18:33 Jan-13-2020

I was always on windows 7 after it came out but when windows 10 was announced I was really excited. As soon as it was released I downloaded it and didn't regret it. Never had any problems with it. Only at the beginning old games weren't really cooperating with it but was fixed relatively quick. Windows 7 is really good windows but windows 10 is great successor.

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11:14 Jan-14-2020

I just wish Microsoft put some effort into making Windows 10's UI look aesthetically pleasing

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08:45 Jan-15-2020

To me aesthetically it is really pleasing but then again it is personal preference

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18:08 Jan-13-2020

Good Bye old friend,


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18:05 Jan-13-2020

FOR ALL THOSE THAT DON'T HAVE $ TO BUY/ACTIVATE WIN 10, BE ADVISED YOU CAN GET THE OS FOR FREE AND IT WILL WORK NORMALLY.


THE ONLY DOWNSIDE IS THE PERMANENT WATERMARK.

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18:57 Jan-13-2020

BUT YOU COULD DOWNLOAD WINDOWS 10 FOR FREE IN THE EARLY DAYSSSS

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20:25 Jan-13-2020

Was the activation free as well?

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21:02 Jan-13-2020

i had bought windows 8.1 and with that key i activated my windows 10. But i had to try different methods to install windows 10 since the basic once wasnt working.

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11:00 Jan-14-2020

I've read about that method.
It is still possible to activate win 10 with a win 7 or 8/8.1 key. From what I've read it isn't even necessary to upgrade to win 10 from a previous installation. You just use the win 7 or 8/8.1 key to activate win 10 after it's installed (talking about a clean installation) or during the installation.

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19:34 Jan-13-2020

You can get it for free in a few different ways, without the watermark.

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20:26 Jan-13-2020

I'm aware, I just want to legit test the OS and know it's clean and everything.

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17:21 Jan-14-2020

I think it's also possible to remove the watermark, but as you say, for testing purposes, legit OS is perfect, watermark doesn't matter :)

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19:49 Jan-14-2020

If I'm satisfied with the OS, I'll msg you about removing the watermark. Provided the method in question doesn't involve questionable software.

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02:25 Jan-17-2020

Just so you all know, you can download the "Windows Media Creation Tool" and make a Windows install officially, then once you're online you can use an administrative command prompt to activate Windows utilizing the KMS Service.

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22:55 Jan-17-2020

I assume it uses the windows server activation loophole to activate it?

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02:02 Jan-19-2020

Yup, that's exactly it!

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11:13 Jan-19-2020


Appreciate the info.

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17:53 Jan-13-2020

People who still like win 7 are fornite Fans

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18:36 Jan-13-2020

Seriously???

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20:00 Jan-13-2020

Just lost a few braincells reading this...

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23:47 Jan-13-2020

If you lost brain cells reading that then you have a bigger problem

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18:06 Jan-14-2020

Holy crap you're right

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16:24 Jan-14-2020

I've never played fortnite

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19:52 Jan-14-2020

Ditto

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17:50 Jan-13-2020

All those that use Linux msg me.

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17:05 Jan-13-2020

I haven't upd my windows 7 laptop for about 1.5y+- and it works great now. I feel if I upd it now I will brake something. Probably MS will force us to update it sooner or later... until then I wont upd my windows.

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14:05 Jan-17-2019

It was frustrating for me to switch from 98 to XP back in the day.Think i did the switch around 2003.Still remember it.With 7 was very easy,but i still don't like using friend's laptops and PC's with 10.A year back Win 7's update start giving me "Unsupported Hardware" ,tho,and had to work around that,too.Maybe in a year or so....

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21:10 Jan-16-2019

i'll stay on Windows 7 till the day its dies
im glad i avoided Microsoft Telemetry data, potential bad updates(including auto update outa no where) , ever since W10 was out,


if there is day when the time comes, i may have no choise to upgrade to W10

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Question, is there way to upgrade to win 10 without fresh install by keeping my all files in tact?
or win7 backup to Win10 Restore method? (i would like to plan ahead when the time comes)

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23:06 Jan-16-2019

You could've done so during the first year free W10 promotion period. I don't know if you can still do that though.
You can create a partition on your HD and place all your necessary data in it, so when updating everything remains there.

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17:13 Jan-13-2020

yes you can, just upgrade from a usb flash drive using the launcher not booting form the flash drive directly

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17:25 Jan-13-2020

Yes you can, but a fresh install is highly recommended. Updating from one OS to another can and probably will cause some stability issues and other problems.

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04:34 Jan-16-2019

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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22:04 Jan-15-2019

Once there's a game which I really, really want to play and its only on Windows 10, then I'll make the switch. Otherwise I'm surviving just fine over here

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04:09 Jan-16-2019

Same here

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19:35 Jan-16-2019

I'm quite tempted to play Forza Horizon 4 actually :|

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01:07 Jan-18-2019

Call me a crazy but I actually want a racing game with a story, even if it is cringe worthy.

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22:13 Jan-18-2019

me too, I wanted to make some, but it's time consuming :)

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16:28 Jan-14-2020

Horizon 4 is pretty good. Lego DLC wasn't that great.

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21:11 Jan-15-2019

Personally, I decided to bite the bullet when Windows 10 came out, I would have to sooner or latter. And I have to admit that experience wasn't bad. I didn't really experience quite few issues other people were complaining about, not even Windows Update. So I can't say I would ever regret it.

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21:08 Jan-15-2019

How many people are using the stock Windows 10 Start Menu? How many use alternatives like Start10?

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21:17 Jan-15-2019

I use stock with some setting changes to make it bit smaller, place all options and tiles I need in, and I think it is perfectly functional for Start menu. Here is how it looks:
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AoW-CV6WLHbUz2bEl4ngxwA7yFDj

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19:36 Jan-16-2019

classic shell (free) does just fine :)
Win10 start menu can look like this

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17:56 Jan-13-2020

Went to the site but it hasn't seen any updates in years.


Went to the Open Shell on github, but not going to use either for now.


Link for Open Shell
https://github.com/Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu

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17:26 Jan-13-2020

I'm using stock since the Start in Enterprise version of Windows 10 is a lot better than other Windows 10 versions.

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I'll say 98% of people who complain about windows 10 performance are trying to run it on a mechanical hard drive!


Switch to SSD and it'll blow the doors off any older windows.

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10:53 Jan-16-2019

Well, not everyone can afford an SSD, can they?

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11:46 Jan-17-2019

They have become much cheaper recently.

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01:52 Jan-14-2020

I've used both Win 10 and Win 7 on HDD and SSD and the performance boost in Win7 with SSD is as good as in Win 10. And it's not the performance people are complaining about, but rather lack of privacy and many changes in how Win 10 works to make before you can call it usable.

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