On January 14, Windows 7 operating system reached the end of support and Microsoft is advising users to upgrade to Windows 10 for regular updates. Yesterday, Microsoft also shipped Windows 7 KB4534310, the last quality update with important security.
Starting today, some installations of Windows 7 have begun to show the full-screen upgrade notifications on the desktop. The message, which will not disappear automatically, warns users that Windows 7 no longer receives support. It also encourages users to upgrade to a newer and supported operating system.
The notification showed up on our PC one day after Microsoft released the last batch of security updates for Windows 7. Our finding revealed that Windows 7 upgrade warning is associated with a program called ‘EOSNotify’, which was installed automatically with KB4530734 update in December.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 full-screen upgrade warning is displayed on all editions of the OS including Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate.
A full-screen pop-up is likely to annoy a lot of people, so Microsoft has added an option to block the upgrade messages. If you don’t dismiss the message, you can expect to see it a handful of times in a week.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the pop up explains that official support for Windows 7 has ended, and it offers advice on what users need to do for regular updates. If you click on ‘Remind me later’, the warning will reappear next day but ‘Don’t remind me again’ dismisses the warning permanently.
Advanced users can also modify EOSNotify settings with Windows Registry Editor to block the notifications.
It’s also worth noting that notification may not be displayed on PCs that are part of a domain or machines in kiosk mode. If you work for an organization which has purchased Extended Security Updates, Microsoft says the warning would be blocked by default.
Windows 7 upgrade warning is being gradually rolled out and it would start showing up on all PCs in the coming days. Users are recommended to switch to Windows 10 for continued support, and the upgrade is still free for everyone with a genuine license.