Saying goodbye to the Windows 7 Operating System on January 14, 2020

  • Microsoft Officially ends its support of the Windows 7 Operating system on January 13, 2020.
  • They are however some few exceptions in the end-of-life support
Windows 7 Operating System
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The countdown has started, and it is no longer a matter of months or weeks. We are now hours away to the end-of-life-support of the windows 7 operating system. The operating system will no longer support free updates as of January 14, 2020. Thus the use of the Operating System will not completely disappear from the market but will incur on your out of pocket expenses to support its maintainability. Therefore, a user of the OS will still be able to access and use it. The only issue a user will have to deal with is its susceptibility to security threats.

To clear that the issue isn’t a drill, the Windows 7 operating system users will receive popup notifications on January 15, 2020, regarding the same. The notification will be to pass on the message that the operating system no longer has the support of Microsoft Company regarding its security and updates features. Several windows 7 pro and home users already have a periodic familiarity with the notification message regarding the impeding OS end-of-life support. January 15 will, however, be the official day to initiate the push of a full-screen notification. Also, note that the Kiosk mode machines and the domain-joined machines will not be viable for the notification, as the KB article narrates.

The beginning of the End

The delivery of the nag notification is in line with a patch rollup. The monthly rollup KB453O734 embeds the subsequent notification. Its availability came to light on December 10, 2019, embodied in the updates schedule. Thus it is the design of this patch that will be responsible for the January 15 display notification. The fullscreen waning scheduled for January 15 will inform the Windows 7 users of potential malware and viruses vulnerabilities. It will be as a result of zero tech support, zero software updates, and zero security updates. The fullscreen warning will further recommend the current Windows 7 operating system users to switch to the Windows 10 version. It will enable them to be safe from malicious software and embrace the latest security features. 

The fullscreen warning will come with three other causes of action to follow. The user will choose whether to be reminded later of the notification, not to be reminded at all, or to learn more options. The learn more option will take the user to a segment that narrates the other cause of action to be safe from the end-of-support vulnerabilities. If a user chooses to dismiss the full-screened notifications, the nag warnings will continue to appear as nagging popups randomly.     

The Out-of-Support Campaign

The proactiveness of the campaign began in April 2019. The Windows 7 operating system home users were first in line to receive the pop up about the support deadline. The non-domain-joined Windows 7 pro users started receiving their delivery of the pop up from October. 

Microsoft Exceptions

The business users with Extended Security Updates purchase will continue benefiting from a three-year provisional Windows 7 security updates. The terms apply for each PC with a Windows 7 operating system installation. The Windows Virtual Desktop purchase will earn the users a three-year free security updates service. Until January 2023, Extended Security Updates embedded on Windows 7 devices using Office 365 ProPlus will also be viable.

As for third party applications under the Windows 7 Operating system, the Chrome browser will still be viable to use under the OS until the onset of July 2021. As for the Windows 7 Chromium-based Edge browser, the Microsoft officials are yet to comment on its support.   


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