No, Windows 7 is not dead.
No, you do not need to buy a Win10 computer.
No, you do not need to update.
No, you do not need to install the latest Win7 patches immediately.
No, Microsoft will not withdraw its unofficial free update of Wink and Wink from Win7 to Win10. At least, not immediately.
No, the old Win7 patches are not disappearing.
No, your Internet service provider will not kick you out of your network for using Win7.
No, we don’t know if Microsoft will release more free security patches for Windows 7. They did it to XP when WannaCry appeared, years after XP ended its useful life, but past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
No, running Win7 after January 14 does not “put [your] company and staff data are at risk, as well as those of suppliers, partners and customers, because security patches will no longer be available. “
No, your Win7 computer will not be chased by the bad guys in the short term, if you exercise even a minimum of common sense.
No, Office 2010 will not stop working on Win7. In fact, you will continue to receive patches (on a Win7 without patches) until October 13.
No, Microsoft Security Essentials will not be updated. You need to go to a different antivirus.
Yes, you must stop using Internet Explorer. But you probably made that change years ago.
Yes, you can buy official Win7 security patches, sign up for extended security updates, but the first year it costs $ 61 per system and you have to go through many obstacles (see Gregg Keizer Last-minute answers about post-retirement patches in Windows 7 and from Susan Bradley Looking for an elusive Win7 ESU license, paywalled).
Yes, there are alternative ways to patch Win7.
Yes, if you tell the full page ad “Your Windows 7 PC is out of support” – the previous screenshot – to disappear (“Don’t remind me again”), it really disappears. For now.
Yes, all of your main software, particularly all major browsers, will continue to work with Win7, at least in the short term. Turbotax won’t work next year, but that’s your problem, and works well this year for fiscal year 2019.
Yes, the new “Chredge” version of Edge will run on Win7. No one knows how long MS will continue supporting him.
Yes, expect much more annoying and extremely inaccurate Win7 information from many sectors.
That should cover approximately 90% of the nonsense currently used for Windows 7.
Here it is what Microsoft says on the end of life on January 14:
Microsoft promised to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it launched on October 22, 2009. This 10-year period has now ended, and Microsoft has discontinued Windows 7 support so we can focus our investment on support. Newest technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 was January 14, 2020. Technical support and software updates for Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.
He gags me with a RAMDAC. Microsoft has not provided technical support for Win7, officially, since January 2015. And the last time we had a useful Win7 software update was … a decade ago? Of course it feels that way. Service Pack 1 was launched on February 22, 2011.
The fact that we don’t get free security patches in February does not mean that you should rush to install the January patches now. Nothing will disappear. Your files are still where you left them. Chillax
In 2018, at AskWoody, we started looking for an official patch alternative Win7 called 0 patch. They have been “micro-patching” Windows, releasing specific and targeted solutions for Windows vulnerabilities, since 2016. Mitja Kolsek, CEO of Acros Security and co-founder of 0patch says:
We wait for the first micropatches [for Win7/2008 R2] It will be issued sometime after the February patch Tuesday, after we have reviewed what was patched in Windows 7 ESU, and if any other vulnerability could affect Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2.
There They are alternatives.
And finally, yes, you should move on to something other than Win7. Finally.
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