When will Windows 7 support end?

When will Windows 7 support end?  Well, Microsoft is warning customers that the end is soon coming for Windows 7 in much the same way it came for Windows XP earlier this year of 2014. The company will end free mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13th, 2015, but users will continue to get extended support until January 14th, 2020.

What this means is users will not get free technical support of Windows 7 after January 13th, 2015, but they will continue to get security updates for Windows 7 until January 14th, 2020.   Non-security-related hotfixes will only be available on a paid subscription – and you will have to start the subscription before April 15th, 2015.  On top of not providing free support, Microsoft won’t honor warranty claims, and the company will not add new features.

By the way, Windows XP’s mainstream support ended on April 14th, 2009; Vista’s ended on April 12th, 2014. So if you were satisfied with the support you received on these operating systems, you probably won’t have much to worry about with Windows 7 for a few more years.  However, once an operating system like Windows Vista or Windows 7 stops receiving security updates, it is definitely time for an upgrade; especially if you run a business.  Receiving constant security updates is key in maintaining any business’ IT security.

For what it’s worth, Windows XP’s extended support ended on April 8th, 2014, while Vista’s will end on on April 11th, 2017.  If you are still on Windows XP, you are way overdue for an upgrade.  If you are still using Windows Vista, you may want to consider upgrading to a newer version of Windows before January 2016 just to be on the safe side.

 

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