Microsoft finally ends technical support and security updates for windows 7 and 8.1. and with that being said, users running these windows legacy operating systems will now be vulnerable to evolving security issues and threats in the event that they don’t upgrade to a much later version.
Microsoft Finally Ends Technical Support and Security Updates For Windows 7 And 8.1
Microsoft today just ended support for both its windows 7 and 8.1 operating systems officially. This simply means that the company will not be providing security updates or technical support for the legacy systems.
Back in 2020, support for windows 7 ended, but Microsoft however offered extended security updates for certain professional and enterprise users for up to an extra three years which is past the original end-of-support date. Microsoft however said that the extended security update program will not be extended for windows 8.1.
What Users Running Legacy Windows Operating Systems Need To Do
Any user that is still running windows 7 or 8.1 on their PCs will still need to upgrade to a later version of the operating system in a bid to continue getting security updates and support. And as you should have already known by now, without the capability of getting security updates, legacy systems will become vulnerable and susceptible to evolving security threats.
Users Can Now Upgrade Their Existing PCs to Windows 10 And 11
Users on the other hand that are running legacy systems can now upgrade their existing PCs to windows 10 and then to the newest operating system of Microsoft, windows 11, provided that they meet up with the system requirements for an upgrade. Or users of windows 7 or 8.1 can buy a new PC that supports windows 11.