If you’re one of millions still using Windows 7, Microsoft has a troubling warning for you


Windows 7 is the second most popular operating system in the world, with Microsoft struggling to convince the software’s massive userbase to drop the ageing OS in 2020 despite pulling support for it. Windows 7 first launched back in 2009 with support for the operating system ending at the start of this year. In the run-up to this the Redmond-based tech giant warned that not updating to Windows 10 would mean machines running Windows 7 may become more vulnerable to security risks.

That’s because following that cut-off date Microsoft is no longer pushing out security patches for Windows 7.

But despite this stark warning it seems the number of people dropping Windows 7 for 10 has grind to a halt this year.

As reported by Windows Latest, data from NetMarketShare suggests the number of people upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is slowing down.

In January 2020 Windows 7 had a 25.56 percent slice of the desktop operating system marketplace, and since then this figure has only dropped slightly.

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In a support page online Microsoft outlined the risks that Windows 7 users take by not jumping ship their latest and greatest OS.

The Windows makers said: “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020.

“If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

“Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.”

Microsoft also has an official webpage that provides advice on support for those thinking of moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

It says: “As of 14 January 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following: Technical support for any issues, software updates, security updates or fixes.

“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware.

“Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.

“While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.”

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