Microsoft ends Windows 7 support - Security - Software

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What that means is that there will be no more updates, no patches for security holes and no tech support if you need help. And it also means that you should not be running Windows 7 anymore, period. Unless Microsoft backtracks and opts to release future fixes when huge vulnerabilities are uncovered, this is the last round of security updates you'll receive for your operating system.

The day has arrived, and today Microsoft ends Windows 7 support.

Two versions of Windows are supported by Microsoft after support ends for Windows 7. This is a central component of Windows 10 security. "After January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends that you use Windows 10 instead of Windows 7", Microsoft says.

Hopefully the company will reveal more information about the app's goal and scope as it starts to attract attention.

Lastly, if you're still riding along with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 for whatever reason, this free Windows 10 upgrade method will work for you as well. However, you will need to enter your original Windows 7 product key when prompted, so we hope you have this to hand.

Exploiting the flaw could also allow an attacker to spoof digital signatures, meaning malicious applications can be made to carry the known fingerprint of a legitimate developer. Now, it'll cost about $US140 ($203) per computer for the cheapest version.

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

For businesses, it is not always easy to upgrade to a newer operating system, Mr Ferguson said.

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Good security software, including a proper firewall and antivirus solution that is still updated, is a must in this case.

After Adobe today releases its first Patch Tuesday updates for 2020, Microsoft has now also published its January security advisories warning billions of users of new vulnerabilities in its various products. To check to see if the update is available now and has not yet been downloaded/delivered/loaded, tap your Start button - go to Settings - Update & Security - Windows Update.

"We would urge those using the software after the deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts", an NCSC spokesperson told the BBC.

The new Edge is generally available now as a manual download, and it will roll out via Windows Update in the weeks ahead.

According to Microsoft, this vulnerability impacts Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, and Windows Server 2016 OS versions.

Microsoft is not removing classic Edge from Windows 10 just yet but they will be hiding it going forward in favor of the new browser. Make sure to read the documentation on the Windows 10 Update History page for your version's release notes.

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