Microsoft will stop providing security updates and technical support for Windows 7 and 8.1 as early as January 10, 2023. The last version of Microsoft Edge to support retiring OS systems version 109 will be released at the same time which will take place in just 3 days.
Not only Edge but other browsers have given up on Windows 7 and 8.1. Google made the announcement that Chrome would stop supporting Windows 7/8.1 on February 7th in October. These devices will still support both browsers, but neither will receive any security updates or new features. WebView2, which enables programmers to incorporate web material into their applications, will be retired on January 10.
For those who still use Windows 7-based computers, which will number approximately 100 million by 2021 the deadline of next week is too soon. To be fair Microsoft had already made the end-of-life announcement for Windows 7 and 8 at the time Windows 11 was released.
These operating systems will continue to function flawlessly but users risk exposure to malware and future security issues if they can’t update. Last October a Lansweeper study of 27 million Windows machines revealed that Windows XP, 7, and 8 were still installed on more systems than Windows 11.
Microsoft announced the end of Windows 7 support in 2020 with plenty of advance warnings to users. The only people who are still eligible for updates are those who paid for an additional three years of extended security fixes.
For free Windows 7 or 8.1-equipped PCs can get Windows 10 and 11. Microsoft advises replacing your device before January 10th to prevent security issues. You don’t need to worry about software problems either because Windows 11 works well even if you don’t have suitable hardware (Intel 8th gen or higher).
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