The end of support for Windows 7 is now in effect. The operating system will no longer receive security updates. But there is still a way for die-hards who really don’t want to turn the page. Explanations.

Windows 7

It is now done. Effective Tuesday, January 10, 2023, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Computers running these two versions will continue to function but will no longer receive updates or security patches. As a reminder, Windows 7 had reached its end of life on January 14, 2020, but Microsoft had given users the option of continuing to receive important security updates through its ESU program. Which therefore ended on Tuesday.

Under these conditions, continuing to use the OS exposes your computer to major security risks. However, there is an alternative that should be of particular interest to companies reluctant to part with Windows 7. Limited budget, work processes rooted in Windows 7, fleet of computers not compatible with more recent versions… All these reasons push certain companies to want to extend the Windows 7 adventure.

Windows 7 gets a two-year respite

For the latter or for nostalgic geeks who still need the OS, there is an alternative: opt for specialized third-party patch services. In this case, Acros Security has confirmed that its 0patch service will continue to run Windows 7 safely. Users will receive security micropatches to protect against vulnerabilities. And this until at least January 2025. After this date, Acros Security may extend support based on demand.

“We have decided to continue providing security patches for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for critical vulnerabilities that can be exploited, and we will be happy to protect you for a fraction of what you paid for the ESU program so far”promises Acros Security in a blog post.

Are you thinking of opting for this alternative? Or will you migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free? Tell us in the comments !


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