Extended Support for Windows 7 and 8.1 Ends This Week

On January 10, 2023, Windows 8.1 received its last security update, and this week, extended support (Extended Security Updates, ESU) for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise, which has been paid for in recent years and provided users with patches for critical and important vulnerabilities, will be discontinued.

Let me remind you that Windows 7 was released back in 2009, and its support officially ended in January 2015. However, after that, extended support was valid until January 2020.

The media wrote that Millions of Windows 7 users refuse to upgrade to Windows 10.

And the paid extended support mentioned above was until recently the last resort for customers who still needed to run legacy Microsoft products after support ended.

Also coming to an end is the “lifetime” of all editions of Windows 8.1, which was released nine years ago, in the fall of 2013.

Let me also remind you that For protection against hackers’ attacks, VBScript in Windows 7 and 8 is disabled.

Most devices running Windows 7 do not meet the hardware requirements to upgrade to Windows 11. Alternatively, compatible PCs running Windows 7 can be upgraded to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing the full software.writes Microsoft representatives, but reminds that support for Windows 10 will end on October 14, 2025.

More than 11% of all Windows systems in the world currently run Windows 7, and 2.59% of Microsoft customers use Windows 8.1, according to Statcounter.

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We also need to say that next week the developers will release Microsoft Edge 109, and this will be the last version of the browser to support Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Additionally, this version of Edge will be the last to support Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Last fall, Google representatives already announced a similar decision: with the release of the Google Chrome 110 browser, which is scheduled for early February 2023, official support for Windows 7 and 8.1 will also be terminated in the browser.
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Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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