Windows 7 updates
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Some users are reporting that Microsoft has begun sending notifications to Windows 7 machines to remind users when support for the OS ends. The users are supposed to upgrade to Windows 10 before support ends for the older OS in January 2020.

By the looks of things, the notification first popped up in the morning of April 18, 2019. A  Reddit thread also confirms that some Windows 7 users received the notification on April 18.

In another Reddit discussion, users confirmed that the notification showed up when they booted the computer. The notification titled “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end” reveals the date when support for Windows 7 ends.

The notification popup features the ‘Learn more’ button on the right. If you click on the button, it opens Microsoft’s webpage in the browser to detail the end of support deadline and options available to the customers.

As promised, there’s also a box ‘Do not remind me again’, which if clicked, is supposed to stop displaying this notification again. If you simply close the window, the notification would show up again in the near future.

Windows 7 message

Microsoft says users can continue to use Windows 7, but the operating system will stop receiving software and security updates in 2020 and this will put the system at a greater risk for viruses and malware.

“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended,” Microsoft explains.

  • callmebc

    Get your hands on POSReady 7, aka Win 7 Enterprise without the fluff, and you are good through to October, 2021. And by that time, besides having the first generation of autonomous vehicles on the road, virtually all mainstream programs will be cloud based, rendering even Windows 10 obsolete.

    • Kevin Robinson

      You are just avoiding what you are going to have to do later so there is no point to waiting. Also Windows 7 was not designed to protect you against the kinds of attacks being used today so you are using an OS designed for 2009. There are many applications that are not cloud based and many companies do not want the exposure of having their data in the cloud.

  • Kevin Robinson

    You aren’t serious about the security are you?

    Device guard, Credential guard, Application Guard built in VPN, AES 256 bit encryption not to mention the OS was designed with security in mind and is by far the most secure OS Microsoft has ever created and also has been approved by the DOD. All of these are far superior and a improvement to what Windows 7 offers there is no comparison between window 7 and 10.

    This is also a pointless conversation windows 7 is dead no more development so it is time to move on.

    • callmebc

      You sound like a clueless MS shill. Microsoft has never been able to do security right — things like Device guard, Credential guard, etc. are little more than talking points for sales people since they are easily defeated/bypassed by hackers and malware when the core OS itself is weak — it’s kind of like adding more locks and deadbolts to a screen door. As has *always* been the case, if you want to really secure your OS, you have to go 3rd party. And in the case of Windows 10, it’s not been playing well with 3rd party apps. And there is not a *single* independent test that shows Windows 10 being more resilient than Windows 7 or even XP in real world setups — even Microsoft itself has been downplaying their initial claims that Window 10 is their” most secure OS” ever since they have no tests that show that — they can only point at “features.”

      But if you go rummaging around the National Vulnerability Database and do searches on number and types of vulnerabilities, Win 10 comes out easily the *worst.” Actually, why don’t I do that right now as I type this — I’ll go back exactly one year to April 23, 2018:
      Totals: Win 10 – 508; Win 7 – 262
      High: Win 10 – 326; Win 7 – 166
      Critical: Win 10 – 19; Win 7 – 3

      Note how Win 10 had far more “high” vulnerabilities than Win 7 had in total for the past year — no amount of BS extra security “features” can comp for that.

      But then again, I’m mostly a Linux guy these days…..

      • Kevin Robinson

        Wow – not really only been doing IT professionally for over 25 years – was doing Novell installs long before Microsoft and also Solaris so I consider myself pretty well rounded. I am not going to get into a pissing contest with you no point and the fact remains Windows 7 is dead so why don’t you just use Linux then? You are aware that Microsoft has really been using Linux internally for years right? Microsoft just released 60K patents to opensource community to protect Linux.

        • callmebc

          Yes, I am aware of that Microsoft patent thingy, but that was likely mostly to support their own increasing Linux/open source endeavors. And I am also aware that you did not in any way respond to the main points in my post that you’re supposedly replying to.

          • Kevin Robinson

            I am not wasting my time – you have your opinion and I have mine – I have been doing this professionally longer than Google has existed as a company and before there was a public internet – No point Windows 7 is dead simple as that Microsoft has moved on and Windows is not Microsoft bread and butter anymore the cloud and services are like Office365. So even if windows went away tomorrow Microsoft would be just fine. Microsoft did not become a 914 billion dollar company because of windows.

          • callmebc

            So you are not going to comment on the NVD stuff — okay (and Microsoft was built on DOS, something they didn’t even develop).

          • Kevin Robinson

            Lets advance a little bit from a product from 43+ years ago – and it is true Bill Gates bought DOS from someone else and was smart enough to get IBM to license and install it on their personal computers and had vision. – Gates and company created Windows – Steve Jobs was stupid to have Microsoft look at his code and wanted them to create software for Apple which gave Gates the idea to create windows and the rest is history. There are very few companies that created a product from scratch – everyone gets ideas from someone else, Microsoft was the first company to have a portable device that you could write on – Apple like to take credit but the fact is MS had that product years before Apple had the Newton. Microsoft created Hyper-V and many other products HoloLens is another one. Now back to Windows 7 is dead – consumer and business have a decision – Windows 10, Linux or use Apple products – Oh wait a minute MAC OS is BSD – gee they didn’t create the OS just created a nice GUI front end – Just like Windows was a long time ago.

          • callmebc

            And…. this has to do with the NVD results, how?

          • Kevin Robinson

            The conversation is pointless – Windows 7 is dead – you either move to windows 10 or switch to Linux. Windows 7 can’t defend against modern attacks today because of how the OS was designed and was designed for 2009 attacks. Windows 10 was built from the ground up the kernel is protected for one example.

          • callmebc

            So….the bottom line is that you are just an MS shill when all is said and done: a side benefit of bringing up the NVD stuff is that it unveils MS trolls and shills since they can’t or refuse to deal with that at all. Shoo.

          • Kevin Robinson

            Ok I guess so then you win what ever – Lets see if you are right then on January 15th when the cyber attack and ransomware attacks begin and all the companies that are still running windows 7 are exploited and brought down and come running to Microsoft expecting them to create patches and to be saved just like always. Microsoft should just let them fail they were warned and given years to upgrade.

          • callmebc

            Jeez…yet again no mention of the NVD results — which is what you were challenged to respond to. But let’s take your utterly unrelated hypothetical situation: if they are using POSReady 7, as I suggested, they are good; they could pay for the extended support, which Microsoft says they will offer; they could also run their Win 7 systems virtualized on Asure with Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop service, and that will include support past January 2020; they could switch to using more beefy 3rd party security products like Kaspersky, which in particular gives a 100% guarantee for ransomware protection; or if they are tech-savvy enough, switch to Linux and use a mix of moving to Linux or cloud-based versions of their apps, and run the rest in disposable and depreciated Win 7/10 VMs, but again with beefier anti malware products since Microsoft Windows in general has no real future, including 10. Now again, shoo.

          • Kevin Robinson

            extended support will ONLY be offered if you qualify which only the largest customers (corporations) or Governments – almost no one else will qualify for it let alone be able to afford the cost of the contract at $250 per machine 1st year and it keeps going up every year after that and only will give you security patches. There is no such thing as a 100% guarantee for anything – what does Kaspersky give you when they fail? Kaspersky is also being investigated by several Government agency’s because ties to the Russian government so if you want to install it be my guest. Why do you think the DOD is upgrading to Windows 10? The Navy spent 9 million dollars alone just for that contract – or should I say wasted my tax dollars.