Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions will no longer receive extended security updates for critical and important vulnerabilities starting Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
Alongside this, the Redmond company encourages Windows 7 device users to upgrade to a higher Windows OS version, especially Windows 11, which is still behind the older Windows 10 system.
In October 2009, Microsoft launched Windows 7, which later reached its end of support and extended end of support dates in January 2015 and January 2020, respectively.
This pushed desperate Windows 7 users to turn to Microsoft’s Extended Security Update (ESU) program. The updates for this program, however, will end on Tuesday, January 10, alongside the EOS of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft’s support page says current Windows 7 device owners can upgrade to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing its full version. It also highlights that while Windows 10 is a quick solution, Windows 11 is a more ideal option since Windows 10 only has three years left before it reaches its end of support date.
Customers who needed to continue using legacy Microsoft products on Windows 7 computers after their support ended had to turn to the Extended Security Update (ESU) program.
While upgrading to Windows 11 means purchasing new computers, Microsoft explains to Windows 7 machine users the benefits of having more modern devices with more advanced hardware components.
However, Windows 7 is used on more than 11% of all Windows computers globally, whereas only 2.59% of Microsoft’s customers run Windows 8.1.