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.