Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

One year countdown to the death of Windows 7 begins

One year countdown to the death of Windows 7 begins

Even Microsoft admits, perhaps begrudgingly, that Windows 7 will continue to function. For example, a company with 10,000 or more machines running Windows 7 would have to pay Microsoft a fee in excess of $1.4m a year for continued support.

The cessation of support could prove a nightmare for enterprises, as according to a new "Death of Windows 7" report from content delivery firm, Kollective, as many as 43 percent of enterprises are still running Microsoft's nine-year-old operating system. In other words, there won't be more updates or security fixes. Steam's hardware and software survey shows that over 64 percent of gamers played on Windows 10 systems (mostly 64-bit and a small number of 32-bit) in December, versus just under 28 percent who rocked a Windows 7 PC. In fact, applications will continue running on Windows 7 for a long time after the January 2020 milestone, and majority will even get updates regularly just like the OS would still be supported.

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ultimately, if you're among those still using Windows 7, you may want to look into updating to Windows 10 or upgrading your PC to one that has Windows 10.

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Without a doubt, the next step for everyone is to upgrade computers to a supported Windows version.

In any event, if you're still on Windows 7, here's an early heads up that you're down to your final year of free security updates.

This could convince many to stick with Windows 7 even longer, but sooner or later, upgrading to a newer Windows version would still become the only way to go. What will you do after January 14, 2020? Of course, the web access would be a door left open to hackers, and this would be a right place to start for IT admins looking to secure their devices. Once businesses are on Windows 10, they will need to continuously update their systems as part of Microsoft's new "Windows as a Service" model.

The one-third of Windows users on 7 won't evaporate completely, though.

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