End of support for Windows 7 is approaching – but over a quarter still uses the outdated OS


Windows 7: Soon the lights go out. (Photo: Adriano Castelli / Shutterstock.com)

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft discontinued support for the ten-year-old Windows 7 operating system. Nevertheless, hundreds of millions of people use the outdated OS – despite risks.

In a few weeks go out on Windows 7, the lights – at least, as regards the supply of important security updates. For January 14, 2020, Microsoft has announced the end of support for its now ten-year-old operating system version. Despite all the security risks and the numerous change requests Microsoft has, however, hundreds of millions of users to Windows 7, as the standard reports.

27 percent still surf with Windows 7

According to recent figures from Net-Marketshare (as of October 2019), around 27 percent of Internet users still use Windows 7. According to calculations, however, Windows 10 now accounts for 54 percent. A clear trend towards the current, but already a few years old operating system. Exactly one year ago, Windows 7 was just ahead of Windows 10 in the ranking. By the way, Apple's current MacOS version holds just over five percent.

Although many users have migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10 in the past few months, not all remaining Windows 7 users will have upgraded in the two months until the end of support. But that is not necessarily due to the unwillingness of users. In some cases, the devices are simply too old to install the new operating system version on. In addition, the new installation is now usually subject to a fee. Many users would have to get a new PC or switch to alternatives like Linux.

End of Support: Grace period for companies

Microsoft and Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise will grant Microsoft another grace period. After the end of support in mid-January, they will be provided with security updates for another three years. Somewhat different is the situation for Windows Server 2008, whose supportive end is also on January 14, 2020. Companies that still rely on the old version put their servers at risk, warn experts.

Also read our guide article: Windows 7 before the end – you have to know the threat of support end


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