Microsoft has formally turned off support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 with the finish of safety updates.
January 10, 2023, was the official finish of support for each Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Both working systems have been limping together with no significant updates in recent years.
Any customers nonetheless on these two working systems won’t get any safety updates, regardless of the severity of future issues.
We suggest upgrading to a extra modern working system and modern computing hardware to make sure you keep protected.
Windows 7 prolonged support is over
Windows 7 support technically ended in January 2020, however Microsoft was nonetheless releasing safety updates as many large organizations wanted time to switch. That grace interval is now over.
Some users were additionally nonetheless utilizing the quantity licenses for his or her private computers. Their Windows 7 set up won’t grind to a halt now that support is over, however they need to consider upgrading.
Windows eight support ended in 2016. The partial successor, Windows 8.1 met its lifecycle end in 2018 however has been getting prolonged support since then.
That means safety updates, some software program updates, and even assist desk support from Microsoft. All of that’s now over.
Windows 8.1 didn’t get that a lot uptake, and Microsoft swiftly ushered in Windows 10. Any customers nonetheless on Windows 8.1 began getting nag screens in July 2022 to remind them that support was ending in January 2023.
Options for upgrading
Microsoft goes to support Windows 10 till October 14, 2025. The firm is suggesting that any customers on Windows 7 or 8.1 improve to Windows 11 instead, and we agree.
The newest model of Microsoft’s working system helps the newest hardware, has modern features, and runs smoothly.
It’ll additionally proceed to be supported for the longest period, with mainstream support till 2028 or later.