Windows 7 users, beware: no more free security updates

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But I further assume that this schedule is only for individuals and that Edge will be supported for businesses that opt for the Extended Security Updates (ESUs) that Microsoft is offering for Windows 7 through 2023.

The 10-year-old operating system will no longer receive critical updates from Tuesday onwards, meaning Microsoft will stop patching any weaknesses that appear, making machines vulnerable to hacker attacks.

If you are still using Windows 7 then the advice is clear, you must make the switch to Windows 10 soon if you want to keep your device free from security issues and viruses.

As per the Microsoft website, "Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on 22 October 2009". According to the search giant, 18 months will be enough time to users by this time moved on to Windows 10. This past September, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 was running on a whopping 900 million devices and that it was on pace to reach the 1 billion threshold in 2020.

However, the webpage also answers one of the biggest questions asked by many users (especially enterprises): Will legacy Windows 7 apps run on Windows 10? Microsoft chose to sell the updates for "seven" until 2023, but Chrome will end support sooner.

Microsoft is encouraging its users to choose a more extreme option: buying a new PC.

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"To ensure users do not fall victim to cybercrime related to Windows 7, users should seek an update immediately to ensure they're supported by a system that is supported with security updates".

There is good news for users who are still running older versions of Windows.

Click the bit that says "download tool now" and follow the instructions (it will ask you to accept the licensing terms).

The good old Windows 7 is going away in nearly a day. Some Windows 10 features, including the Action Center and Cortana, also put in an appearance here. Once it is finished, users can connect to the internet and open Settings Windows Update Activation.

"The user is not always able to upgrade without voiding the warranty", said Mr Ferguson.