Windows 7, it’s over! What are the risks for its users?

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After (very) numerous reminders, Microsoft has just officially stopped supporting Windows 7. As of today, users still using the OS will be much more vulnerable to various threats.

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What are we talking about?

The development of operating systems inevitably requires the abandonment of older versions. At the release of Windows 7, the giant Microsoft had warned that the OS would be maintained for about 10 years with frequent updates.

Today is January 14, 2020, the date on which Windows 7 expires. As of today, the operating system will no longer receive any updates from its designers.

Why is that a problem?

The majority of security updates are made to meet two expectations:

  1. Correct any flaws already present in the operating system.
  2. Responding to new hacker techniques by securing the system against the means used.

Understand that software of any kind that no longer receives security updates is much more vulnerable to attacks from malicious people.

My computer uses Windows 7, what should I do?

The best recommendation would be to migrate to the latest version of Windows 10 as soon as possible.

What are the different methods to install Windows 10

The operation takes a little time but is completely free if you have an official Windows 7 license. Otherwise, you will need to purchase a license key for Windows 10.

But I like Windows 7…

And we understand you! Windows 7 was a widely used operating system and rather appreciated by its users. This seventh version is still one of the most widely used in the world today.

If you definitely cannot do without Windows 7, there are a few options available to you:

  • If you are a business and wish to continue using Windows 7, Microsoft may offer you to extend its upgrade program via a paid option. Do not hesitate to consult their dedicated article on this subject. This program allows you to benefit from updates until 2023.
  • If you use a Windows 7 computer without ever connecting it to the Internet, this drastically reduces the risk of security and viruses.

Finally, you should know that many software will continue to work and receive updates for Windows 7. This is notably the case with Google Chrome. However, this does not guarantee that you will be safe.

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