Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows 7. What threatens and how to be

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January 15 full-screen alerts will appear.
Microsoft today, January 14, 2020, has ceased expanded support for the Windows 7 operating system for ordinary users.

The Windows 7 operating system was released more than ten years ago – July 22, 2009. However, according to statistics, at the moment in the world there are still about 400 million users of Windows 7.

Since April last year, Microsoft warned users about the imminent death of Windows 7 and offered to switch to Windows 10 with small alerts. And from January 15, 2020, the system will begin to display full-screen alerts with a colorful description of the risks of using Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after the termination of support. This “innovation” was part of last month’s Windows monthly update last year. However, there will be a traditional button “Don’t remind me anymore”.

Of course, after January 14, users will be able to continue to use Windows 7. However, the use of the OS will be associated with increased risks, since it no longer has security updates. Functional updates stopped for Windows 7 back in January 2015.

Business and corporate users will be able to extend support until January 2023 for an additional fee.

The free upgrade on an old device with Windows 7 to Windows 10 expired on July 29, 2016. Since then, those who wish should pay 120 dollars. However, in practice, many manage to upgrade for free.

Microsoft itself, by the way, recommends not updating Windows 7 to Windows 10, but buying a new PC. She argues this with the fact that over the past eight years, computers have noticeably improved and become cheaper, and some components and drivers of older PCs may not work correctly on Windows 10.

Google announced that full support for Chrome for Windows 7 will last at least another 18 months – until July 15, 2021.

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