Should You Use Windows 7 In 2020 [EXCLUSIVE]
In a blog post by Microsoft 365 Corporate VP Jared Spataro, it was announced that from January 14, 2020 a monthly fee, that doubles each year, will be implemented for Windows 7 users in order to keep their computers safe. Unfortunately, this offering is only available to Windows 7 Professional customers in Volume licensing. So the everyday user running Windows 7 Home will not be applicable.
Should you use Windows 7 in 2020
I am 88 years old and do not want windows 10. Can I update to windows 8 and still keep all the info I have on windows 7 professional. I know windows 8 will expire in 2023 but maybe I will be gone by then??
same here windows 10 was find into the lasted update oct 2020 went on, then bsod and reboots loops. will not uninstall update and system restore and reset did not work, so put windows 7 with good antivirus . unlike 10 7 is very stable
Maddie, great article.Do you know if a network security box will provide adequate protection for Windows 7 after January 20, 2020? I ask because we have some critical applications that will not run under Windows 10.At least one of the suppliers said they have no plans to upgrade their software for Windows 10.
Microsoft has announced it is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on Jan. 14, 2020. This means that computers and servers running these operating systems will no longer receive security updates after Jan. 14, leaving them vulnerable to hackers, malware, and viruses.
In late March 2020, computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 will not be permitted to connect to the University's network. In addition, computers running Windows 7 will no longer pass the health check that is a requirement of using PittNet VPN (Pulse Secure). These steps are necessary to protect the University's computing environment against the risks introduced by operating systems that have reached end of life.
As a reminder, Microsoft has previously ended support for a number of other versions of Windows. If you use one of the following versions of Windows, you should also upgrade to a supported operating system as soon as possible:
Windows 7 is no longer a supported operating system for Creative Cloud apps released from October 2020 onward. Our development efforts are focused on more modern and supported versions of Windows. So, there will be no further development, testing, bug fixes, or patches for Creative Cloud on Windows 7.
If you want to use Windows 7, Creative Cloud 2020 apps (released in October 2019) continue to be available. However, you can't install any future updates released from October 2020 onward. You will need to install all of the latest Windows Updates from Microsoft to continue to use this software.
Microsoft, 14 Ocak 2020 tarihinden itibaren Windows 7 için destek sağlamayacağını duyurdu. Microsoft teknik destek ve otomatik güncellemeler bu tarihte sona erecek ve Microsoft Security Essentials için platform güncellemeleri de sonlanacaktır.
Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009. After 10 years of supporting the operating system with upgrades and security patches, Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue Windows 7 support on January 14, 2020. After the End-of-Support date, technical assistance, software updates, and security patches will no longer be available. Your Windows 7 PC will become vulnerable to hacker attacks and viruses.
After January 14, 2020, your Windows 7 PC will no longer receive security updates. Your Windows 7 computer may continue to function, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. CSU and SDSU policy requires that your system be upgraded to the latest supported version of Windows.
There are two ways you can find out if you are running Windows 7. First, consult with your campus IT support staff. Second, you can check the following website to help in identifying the version of Windows installed on your computer. -us/help/13443/windows-which-version-am-i-runningIf you determine that your computer has Windows 7, it must be upgraded. Please contact your campus IT support staff immediately.
If a Windows 7 system cannot be upgraded, you may be eligible for a temporary security exception. Any exemption requests need to be submitted in writing to the IT Security Office using this exemption request form here -exemption-request.sdsu.edu, no later than January 30, 2020. Examples of reasons for exemptions may range from a machine attached to scientific instrumentation that cannot be updated without making the instrument unusable to a dated machine which will not support an updated operating system.
If you're reading this, you probably know that Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 back in January 2020. Thus, Extended Security Updates (ESU) was the answer to the question of "What do we do when mainstream support runs out?". ESU began January 14th, 2020, and will continue until the final year of extended updates stops at the end of 2022. OK, so ESU is the follow-up to mainstream support and it's continuing into 2022 but...why purchase these updates in the first place?
The short answer? 3 years. How does it work? Microsoft, take it away! "Organizations can purchase ESU at any time during the three years that the offer is available (2020, 2021, and 2022). If an organization waits and purchases ESU for the first time in year three, they'll also have to pay for the preceding years." This is because the security updates are cumulative. If you don't have Years 1 and 2 before you tack on Year 3 in 2022, your Year 3 simply won't work (see the next section for more details). "Although organizations can purchase ESU at any time, they should be aware that without ESU, they won't have received bug fixes or security updates since January 14, 2020. Additionally, Microsoft Support no longer provides any form of support for these customers," says Microsoft. Basically, if you didn't get ESU in January, it's time to start 2022 off right with the updates.
If you already bought ESU in January, you might be wondering if it automatically renews? The short answer? No. Microsoft explains that "Windows 7 ESU will be made available as a separate SKU for each of the years in which it's offered (2020, 2021, and 2022). To continue ESU coverage, customers will have to separately purchase the SKU and activate a new key for each year." The table below highlights coverage dates for ESU SKUs:
Going into Year 3 of the Windows 7 ESU program there are a few things everyone should know. As a prerequisite, you must first have both Years 1 & 2 ESU updates installed on devices you are looking to install the Year 3 updates to. Like I mentioned earlier, Windows update packages are installed on devices in a particular order. So if the Years 1 & 2 update packages are not installed on the device prior to the install attempt of Year 3, the installation will likely fail, or worse lead to the good old BSOD (or commonly known in the IT world as the Blue Screen Of Death). ?
Microsoft has not included the prior 2 years (2020 & 2021) of updates in the third and final year (2022). Many assumed that the increased pricing for each year meant the prior was included, but that isn't the case. Pricing is likely increased to offset the engineering work required to continue to support and secure an operating system that is more than 10 years old in order to meet the technical security demands of today.
While it's easy to think of Windows 7 as a modern operating system, it actually launched all the way back in 2009. After just over 10 years of support, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 after January 14, 2020.
Windows 7 won't suddenly break down or stop working after January 2020. The most important change is that Windows 7 systems won't receive any more security patches. Over time, this will lead to Windows 7 becoming an insecure OS full of known security holes that Microsoft won't fix. This is because Windows 7 is at end of life.
Those on a budget, or who only use a computer for light tasks, should consider a Chromebook. These lightweight devices are great for basic work like emailing and word processing, and are easy to use thanks to automatic updates and built-in security.
Of course, you don't have to do this. But whatever you do, make plans to leave Windows 7 behind before January 2020. There's still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. You don't want to get stuck on an unsupported OS if you can help it. Hopefully, we can leave Windows 7 behind more quickly than it took for Windows XP to die.
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