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Security updates for Windows 7 ostensibly end tomorrow, but also officially continue until 2023

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Posted · Original PosterOP

On January 14, which is tomorrow if you live on continent America but is already now if you live most anywhere else, Windows 7 security updates sort-of but not necessarily come to an end for non-corporate Windows 7 owners.

 

Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020

 

Windows 7: What does end of support mean?

 

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When Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020, your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:

  • Technical support for any issues
  • Software updates
  • Security updates or fixes

 

 

Personally, I ran Windows 7 without any new updates since around July 2015 until 2019, and I never encountered an issue from it. Since doing a fresh installation of my system I've had just Windows 10 LTSC installed, but I think I still wouldn't have an issue with continuing to run Windows 7 without security updates.

 

However, Microsoft will continue to supply security updates for Windows 7 until 2023 to companies who pay for them on a per-device basis. But, as was the case with Windows XP's extended security updates until 2019, the ongoing security updates for Windows 7 until 2023 can be enabled on any PC:

 

Bypass discovered to allow Windows 7 Extended Security Updates on all systems

 

Enabling Windows 7 security updates until 2023 on any copy of Windows 7:

 

How to get Windows 7 POS which comes with security updates until 2021:

 

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TBH I can't think of anyone I know who still runs windows 7.


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18 minutes ago, FezBoy said:

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TBH I can't think of anyone I know who still runs windows 7.

My work still does, though we are currently waiting for about 100 new machines to get imaged, so we can start deploying them.

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And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.


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10 minutes ago, Colonel_Gerdauf said:

And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.

 Upgrading a large company to new computers can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars fairly easily. As well, many companies use integrated software that has yet to be fully updated, has incompatibilities with windows 10 at it's core, or simply can not be ran on current hardware.  

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6 hours ago, Colonel_Gerdauf said:

And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.

Windows 7 continues to be a solid OS that does pretty much everything Windows 10 does outside of UWP and DX12 requirements. It's more reliable than Windows 10, less bloated, and can be more private. It also has a more functional start menu. I think those are some good reasons.

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5 hours ago, TempestCatto said:

There's ATM's in my area that use 7. And one that still uses XP. There's also a factory that uses a line computer that runs 95, it's not connected to the internet and just simply "works" so they didn't want to mess with it.

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5 hours ago, Colonel_Gerdauf said:

And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.

 

Well, it still works fine for casual internet users and office workers. There are still pieces of software and hardware that are not supported in Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, or that install but don't function properly. I've personally run into this problem at work with both things.

 

There are still a lot of industrial applications where a company is using a CNC machine that cost $1.5 million in 2004, and there are no drivers for newer OS' than XP. Those companies are not just going to throw stuff away because a new OS came out. Heck, up to a very recent point if not still in some cases, ATMs use(d) Windows 3.1. They're still doing the job, so there's no need to replace them yet.

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39 minutes ago, it_dont_work said:

Servo (petrol station/gas station) In my home down, uses a c64 for the bowsers

 

I knew a guy that worked on older arcade and pinball machines, and the EEPROM writer he used interfaced with a C64; He had a stack of them. 

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5 hours ago, Delicieuxz said:

Windows 7 continues to be a solid OS that does pretty much everything Windows 10 does outside of UWP and DX12 requirements. It's more reliable than Windows 10 and can be ore private. It also has a more functional start menu. I think those are some good reasons.

If I recall correctly about XP, today Windows 7 is for all intents and purposes more usable right now then Windows XP was when XP updates ended.

Granted XP being limited to 4GB of RAM was a big factor.

 

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15 minutes ago, DeScruff said:

If I recall correctly about XP, today Windows 7 is for all intents and purposes more usable right now then Windows XP was when XP updates ended.

Granted XP being limited to 4GB of RAM was a big factor.

 

*if you didn't have the 64bit pro version


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15 minutes ago, Dabombinable said:

*if you didn't have the 64bit pro version

Which if I recall for consumer level machines was about as rare as a non pirated copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. 😉

Or at least thats what I remember. I think in the repair shop I worked at I only saw that once, and I believe it was a computer from a ferry.

EDIT side thoughts: I'm guessing a genuine copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit would be by far the rarest OS.

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It's a good thing the banks where I stash my savings have switched to Windows 10 in their ATMs and workstations.

 

But I still won't forget the time where I saved lunch money just to afford a genuine copy of Windows 7 Home Premium. It was also the time where Microsoft's ads are not cringy.

 

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F... 

 

(if you are still on 7 now you should have upgraded a long long time ago..)


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My brother still uses win 7 because he can't be bothered to get legitimate win10. Though I was also surprised when he mentioned that he's considering moving to Linux because it's free. I've considered that idea myself, but I'd like to try it out first somehow.

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9 hours ago, Colonel_Gerdauf said:

And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.

That's about as ignorant as saying "using a car that's more than 4 years old is without any good reasons, period and end of story".

 

It's only "without any good reasons" if you ignore things like compatibility and cost (both in terms of time and licensing cost).

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9 hours ago, Colonel_Gerdauf said:

And... this is news that no reasonable person should care about.

 

It is loony enough to keep Windows 7 in the consumer space back in 2016. Using it today in 2020, even in industrial settings, is without any good reason, period and end of story.

I work as an IT-consultant, because of this I have been working in varying industries. There are several reasons why some companies still have some windows 7 or older os running. For example a chemical plant has a very expensive machine that can only be controlled with a windows 7 or older. Some of the manufacturers of those machines might be out of business, so no software support.

 

In multiple companies windows 7 will live on, but I hope not connected to the internet or any other network.

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10 hours ago, FezBoy said:

TBH I can't think of anyone I know who still runs windows 7.

automated teller machines everywhere: "what? AMD does good CPUs now? How does the 1700X compare?"

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5 hours ago, DeScruff said:

Which if I recall for consumer level machines was about as rare as a non pirated copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. 😉

Or at least thats what I remember. I think in the repair shop I worked at I only saw that once, and I believe it was a computer from a ferry.

EDIT side thoughts: I'm guessing a genuine copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit would be by far the rarest OS.

I had a legal copy of XPx64. It was a horrible slow OS. It worked but it was clunky at best. 


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