Microsoft has recommended consumers upgrade to the latest Windows until January 10th to avoid disruptions.
Microsoft will discontinue technical support and security for Windows 7 and 8.1 on January 10th. These steps will be done swiftly in the following week, coinciding with the release of Microsoft Edge 109. According to reports, it will be the final release of support for the existing operating systems. Google Chrome, like Microsoft, has announced that it will discontinue support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on February 7th. Google, on the other hand, unveiled it in October. Not supporting Windows 7 and 8.1 will not prevent them from running on available devices; however, security updates and new features will not be notified.
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Webview2, which allows developers to incorporate Web content in their programs, will cease operations on January 10th.
Users who still have their hands on Windows 7 are given very little notice; according to 2021 data, roughly 100 million users utilize devices that run Windows 7.
When Windows 11 was released, Microsoft provided its consumers with another danger of Windows 7 and 8 discontinuity.
According to the Lansweeper study of 27 million Windows machines done in October, the majority of PCs were running XP, 7, and 8, rather than Windows 11.
Windows 7 and 8 computers will function normally, however, they may be vulnerable to malware.
Computers running Windows 7 and 8 will function normally, but they may be exposed to infections. The inability to upgrade can lead to serious security issues down the road.
Microsoft released a notification regarding the end of Windows 7 in 2020. Users that purchased an additional three years of enhanced protection are still eligible for updates, which provides a safety net.
Windows 10 and 11 will be available for free download for devices running Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft has recommended consumers upgrade to the latest Windows until January 10th to avoid disruptions.