Windows 7 fans, today looks to be a very sad day, as the prime operating system ceases to receive anymore system security updates today.
About eleven years ago Microsoft released Windows 7 to consumers as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems, approximately three years after its predecessor – Windows Vista was released.
The OS grew to be well recognized and widely accepted by the public. It brought a more intuitive and user friendly interface to the table. It became part of the basic requirements for the computer appreciation starter pack Things were all rosy for its users until sometime in 2015! When Microsoft ended mainstream support for windows 7(new features stopped being added). Though extended support(security patches) was still provided, but it was given a time frame. Which happens to expire today. It’s safe to say that Windows 7 has met it’s end.
What Does This Mean for End Users?
This End of Life means no more bug-fixes, security patches or new functionality, making any user – personal or enterprise – significantly more prone to hackers and malware attacks. Just as it did with Windows XP, Microsoft will continue to offer support for those Windows 7 users still reluctant to upgrade to its Windows 10 OS, but it’ll cost you.
What’s the Next Line of Action?
You can still effectively be using a dead operating system. While your PC will continue to work, you will be stuck with an operating system that no longer gets patched. Keep in mind though, your PC will significantly vulnerable to new forms of attacks. So if you must stick to Windows 7, do ensure that you’re very well protected(Get yourself a very effective antivirus).
In as much as you need to upgrade from Windows as soon as possible, it does not mean you need to discard your present PC. You can upgrade your OS to Microsoft’s latest Windows 10. All you need to do is use the Windows Media Creation Tool and select to upgrade from there. Enter in your Windows 7 (or Windows 8) licence key, and you should soon have a Windows 10 running – for free. Check out requirements for running Windows 10.
- Software: Windows 7 SP1
- Processor: 1GHz or faster processor
- RAM: 2GB for 32-bit or 4GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit OS or 20GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
If your PC doesn’t meet those requirements, then you’ll either need to buy a new PC, or upgrade to something other than Windows 10.
Are you still running Windows 7? Are you going to be upgrading to Windows 10? Let us know in the comments below.