After January 14 next year, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running the Windows 7 operating system.
After this date, this product will no longer receive free Technical support for any issues, software updates, or security updates or fixes.
Computers running the Windows 7 operating system will continue to work even after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats, according to a release from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Microsoft will start reminding users of the impending end of life, but the users and administrators should start planning now to prepare for the end of support.
The industry faced the same issue years ago with the end of life support for Windows XP, which is still being used at various facility around the world.
Microsoft said “while you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.”