When it launched more than a decade ago, Windows 7 has been one of the best and most popular versions of Microsoft’s operating system line ever. So much so that a lot of users even skipped its successor, the infamous Windows 8 and 8.1, and just waited for Windows 10.

But like most things in the tech world, both operating systems have reached the end of the road. We’ve seen this coming, as Google Chrome already announced that they are ending support for both Windows 7 and 8.1 this coming February.


It looks like Microsoft can’t wait to drop Windows 7. In fact, this OS version already stopped receiving feature updates way back in January 2020.

But for those who were still holding on — especially businesses and enterprise users who can’t easily move to a newer OS — Microsoft did offer a 3-year extended support, but it did come with a fee.

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Today, Microsoft is pulling the plug completely and ending any security update support for both Windows 7 and 8.1. Now, those who still haven’t transitioned to a new OS version have no choice but to really upgrade to a newer version or continue using the OS version but face possible security vulnerabilities.

If you’re upgrading, it’s best to go with Windows 11 as it’s the latest one, which means that it will be the longest to receive support and updates.

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