As a result, your PCs or Laptops will no longer receive updates, bug fixes, security patches or even technical help for Windows 7.
According to some reports, the number of Windows users still running variants of Windows 7 and Windows 8 now hovers around 30%.
Windows 7 was supported been with updates for over ten years, that stops this week: The support end of the operating system comes on Tuesday, from then on there will be no more security updates for Windows 7. Windows 8, which came out in 2012, will have free support end in 2023.
While the reality is that if you use Windows 7 since January 14 and are online, you run the risk of being compromised by all kinds of different types of potential vulnerabilities that may appear in the operating system.
Unless there is a core change in the Windows operating system, I also do not see this changing soon. This past September, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was running on a whopping 900 million devices and that it was on pace to reach the 1 billion threshold in 2020.
Microsoft explains: "All PCs that are more than four years old can cost you more than you realize". As such, those who don't want to spend much on the ESUs are advised to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, Bleeping Computer said.
"Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10", it said.
It describes how easy the life of users will become with new Surface devices running Windows 10 and Microsoft 365. Once it is finished, users can connect to the internet and open Settings Windows Update Activation.
"We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts", the spokesperson added.
Businesses which are still holding on to Windows 7 will have to either upgrade their licenses to Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise via Volume Licensing for existing PCs, or to buy new PCs altogether. Upgrading isn't troublesome, and won't cost a penny. Users should review the details before clicking on "Install" to proceed with the upgrade.