Technology is constantly changing, including the software that powers your computer. Microsoft recently made a significant announcement – they will no longer be providing support for Windows 7 and 8.1, so it’s time to start thinking about making changes to your system. In this blog post, we’ll look at what you need to know about ending support for these two versions of Windows and the steps you should take to stay up-to-date with the latest technology.
Windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems are now dead.
Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs no longer receive software and security updates and technical support from Microsoft.
It is worth recalling that Windows 7’s life cycle ended in 2020. Still, its popularity prompted Microsoft to extend security support for three years to ease the transition to a newer version.
It was released in 2009 and officially ended support on January 14, 2020. Therefore, the Windows version finally dying won’t be a surprise. As for Windows 8.1, it didn’t gain as much traction as Windows 7, so Microsoft isn’t going to offer an Extended Security Update (ESU) program.
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The best thing you can do if you’re still using either two is to upgrade to Windows 10 (since most of the older devices will still support it until 2025) or purchase a new PC to get Windows 11. It is highly advised since both versions of Windows are now prone to security risks and won’t support any new Windows features.
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7 and 8.1. The last browser update for these operating systems will be Microsoft Edge version 109, released on January 12. On February 7, Google Chrome support will be discontinued. Users of these operating systems are encouraged to upgrade to Windows 10 to continue receiving security updates and support. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 until January 2023.
Microsoft’s decision to end support for Windows 7 and 8.1 marks a significant shift in the PC landscape. Millions of users need to upgrade their operating systems or risk losing out on important security updates and features. Microsoft has made people’s transition relatively easy by offering free upgrades and assistance. We hope this article has helped you understand what these changes mean so that you can prepare accordingly.