Here’s the Scoop on Microsoft’s Decision to Stop Providing Support for Windows 7 and 8.1 After Their Extended Support Period Ends!!
Starting today, Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer get extended security updates for critical and important holes. All versions of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will no longer get help from the company.
In January 2020, the company will officially stop providing security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. But customers who bought the Extended Security Update (ESU) program could still use these old operating systems on their devices.
Today, support for all versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will end. Users will have to update their desktops and laptops to the latest version of Windows.
Microsoft says, “Most Windows 7 devices won’t have the right hardware to upgrade to Windows 11. Instead, Windows 7 PCs that are compatible can be upgraded to Windows 10 by buying and installing a full version of the software.”
“Before you spend money on an upgrade to Windows 10, please remember that support for Windows 10 will end on October 14, 2025,” the company says. It also tells customers that old devices that don’t work with Windows 11 should be replaced with newer computers that have the latest hardware.
If you want to know how to update your computer’s Windows operating system, follow these steps:
- Click on Settings.
- Select Windows Update.
- Click “Check for updates” here. If the update is available for your device, you can choose to download it right away, stop the update, or change the time it downloads.
Also, Microsoft Edge 109 for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will no longer be supported after today, January 10, 2023. Even though the browser will still work on these versions, it won’t be able to get security updates, which leaves it open to bugs and security problems. The company says that Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 will no longer be supported by this version of Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft said, “Customers with on-premises servers can use Azure Arc to get automated and scheduled ESU updates and installations, as well as the security and governance features of Azure.”
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Web browsers like Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are also getting ready to stop supporting Windows 7. Microsoft Edge 109, the last version of the browser that works on Windows 7, will be released on January 12. The 110th version of Google Chrome, which is due out in February, will also stop supporting the OS.
Windows 8.1, which came out in October 2013, is also no longer supported. It’s not clear if Microsoft will offer an ESU program for Windows 8.1 as it did for Windows 7, but given how rarely Windows 8.1 is used, it seems unlikely.