Microsoft ends Windows 7 support - Security - Software

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Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system. There are tools available to improve privacy but it is fair to say that most users won't be able to prevent the operating system from sending Telemetry data to Microsoft.

Those who run Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise can buy extended protection for up to three years. And it also means that you should not be running Windows 7 anymore, period.

Computers running Windows 7 will still function after Tuesday but they will become less and less secure. That means system updates will no longer be released unless massive security flaws are discovered, and bugs will no longer be fixed so they'll just continue to bother you until you finally relent and upgrade to Windows 10.

While Microsoft may release a security update for Windows 7 if it's a significant outbreak, do not cling to any hope. It's not flawless (what operating system is?) but it offers plenty of scaleability that means older hardware can still cope with Windows 10.

Meanwhile, those unable to migrate workloads to the cloud are instead advised to move to Microsoft's Windows Server 2019, which carries hybrid capabilities to integrate with Azure, plus Kubernetes support for Windows containers.

Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies".

When you use the tool, the value is set to 1 and Edge installation via Windows Update will be blocked.

That's not a cheap ask, given that Windows 10 Home edition costs £119.99 for a single license, which is valid for one PC. Microsoft released a patch the same day.

Microsoft is planning to fix "an extraordinarily serious security vulnerability" in all versions of Windows in tomorrow's Patch Tuesday round of updates, independent information-security report Brian Krebs said today (Jan. 13).

Mechele Gruhn, principal security program manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center, says that the company has classified the vulnerability as "important" because it hasn't been exploited, but the NSA classifies it as "severe". By incorporating Chromium into Edge to allow it to follow the same web standards as Chrome, Microsoft hopes to give users one less reason for them to use its rivals.

If perpetrators find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it.

Drop Microsoft altogether and go for a Linux machine (cough, Debian, cough, Mint, splutter, Red Hat/Fedora, wheeze, OpenSUSE, etc), or macOS if you love Apple that much for some reason.

When the new Microsoft Edge is installed, it will replace the existing Edge browser that normally comes with Windows 10. I suspect you'll need to do some tweaking, regardless, to get it where you want to be.

Now You: do you still run Windows 7?

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