Updates for Windows 10 proved more than a little problematic a year ago, but it wasn't just Microsoft's own updates for the operating system that caused issues - driver updates were often a headache for users too. Now, the OS is finally reaching its end of support, which means the company will stop providing free technical support and updates that include security patches. We will continue to fully support Chrome on Windows 7 for a minimum of 18 months from Microsoft's End of Life date, until at least July 15, 2021. That end-of-support date for Windows 7 is coming up soon.
Chrome users may continue to use the web browser on Windows 7 devices as the browser will receive updates just like Chrome for other versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system that are still supported.
Google had previously supported Windows XP, which had a similarly-highly usage rate at the time of its support cessation, for many additional months, giving users some breathing room. Microsoft has been asking businesses and consumers to prepare for Windows 7 End of Support for a very long time, and its time. You'll still be able to run those Windows 7 systems, but they will be more susceptible to security problems and there will be no patches pushed out for these vulnerabilities. Windows Latest reported yesterday that Microsoft plans to change the process it uses to handle incompatible drivers in an effort to avoid those issues.
Google's promised 18 months of support for Chrome on Windows 7 will end about midway through Year 2 of Microsoft's ESU program.
The situation room will be charged with dealing with any security threats that might emerge after Windows 7 retires on January 14. Yet US government website traffic suggests almost 20% of visitors who use PCs are still running Windows 7. It permits OS patch support to continue for up to three years beyond the January 14 end-of-support date.
Notifications will not appear for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise.
Windows Latest said that Windows Update occasionally installs drivers that don't work with new versions of Windows 10, however, which is where the problems start.