‎Microsoft: Windows 7 technical support stops today‎

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The time has come and the few ‎‎Windows 7‎‎ fanatics will be forced to upgrade their computer’s operating system, as ‎‎of today Microsoft -as it had announced long time ago- is stopping the technical support of this older -but still popular- version of Windows‎‎.‎

Windows 7 users will no longer receive ‎critical security upgrades‎‎ and ‎‎their machine will not be safe against cyber-attacks and other threats‎‎. ‎

Windows 7 was released in 2009 and today -although Windows 8 (2012), Windows 8.1 (2013) and Windows 10 (2015) have interceded- almost one in four Windows users internationally still has version 7, according to StatCounter company.‎

After the technical support stops, if a hacker finds a new security loophole in Windows 7, Microsoft will not rush to ‎‎”shut it down”‎‎.‎‎ This means that ‎‎Windows 7 PCs will still work‎‎, but will be more ‎‎likely to be infected with malicious software‎‎. The ‎‎risk does not exist for as many machines with Windows 7 are never connected to the internet‎‎ (which is rare). ‎

Microsoft has invited users to install the new Windows 10, but they are no longer available for free‎‎ (unless you ‎‎buy a new PC with Windows 10 pre-installed‎‎).

It is also possible that the ‎‎new operating system does not ‎‎”run”‎‎ smoothly on an old computer‎‎. The ‎‎minimum requirements for Windows 10 are 1GHz processor, 1 GB of memory and 16GB of storage.‎

‎Some ‎‎companies use applications that only ‎‎work‎‎ in a Windows 7 environment‎‎. ‎

‎Especially for these‎‎ professional editions of Windows 7 (Professional and Enterprise)‎‎, one can have ‎‎continued support until 2023, but with an annual payout of 25 to 200 dollars per device, according to the BBC‎‎.‎

Source: ANA

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