After many years of good and loyal service, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are going to die out. Microsoft will stop rolling out updates for both OSes starting January 10. The remaining users can fall back on Windows 10 or a third-party operating system.
The majority of users took Windows 10 and Windows 11 by storm. But a handful of diehards still remained on the aging OSes of Windows 7 and Windows 8. bid farewell to the two operating systems.
And for good reason, Microsoft is about to cut the tap updates. Windows 7 and Windows 8 can still be used, but there will be no more fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities with all the problems that entails for users.
As of January 10, the Redmond giant will stop making updates available for the two OSs launched in 2009 and 2012 respectively. As a reminder, extended support for Windows 7 was abandoned in 2020. But Microsoft had offered a compromise for users wishing to stay on the OS. For a fee, they were able to benefit from security patches on Windows 7 until 2023.
Windows 7 and 8 are dead
Some applications have already distanced themselves from the two prehistoric systems. This is the case of Google Chrome which had confirmed the end of support for Windows 7 and 8.1 from February 2023. For its part, Microsoft Edge 109 will be the last iteration of the browser to support Windows 7 and Windows 8. Subsequently, the absence of security updates will leave the door open to all vulnerabilities, an improvement for hackers.
Are you still using Windows 7 and Windows 8? You have to face the facts and opt for a new operating system, whether it’s Microsoft, Linux or Chrome OS Flex. Note that it is possible to benefit from Windows 10 for free. Microsoft will provide support until 2025. In this regard, we explain here how to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free.
If you were still using Windows 7 or 8 until then, your current machine may not be compatible with Windows 11.