R.I.P. Windows 7
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July 22, 2009 to January 14, 2020
Did you know that on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will drop all support for Windows 7.
Yet, according to Global Stats, as of June 2019, 31% of all Windows computers are still operating on Windows 7.
What will happen to all those Windows 7 computers on January 15, 2020?
According to Microsoft’s Official Website, “You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.”
You might think so what’s the big deal then?
According to AVTest The independent IT-Security Institute out of Germany over 350,000 new malicious programs are registered everyday!
That means by February 15, 2020, Windows 7 users will have little to no protection for over 9 million new malware and potentially unwanted applications (PUA).
After a year, that number rises to 127,750,000.
Hackers will be looking to exploit the lack of updates and will specifically attack Windows 7 computers.
It will also mean software and hardware developers will take Microsoft’s signal and stop providing updates and upgrades for Windows 7 users.
This will mean, not only will some of your software stop functioning properly, it also means your peripherals, like your GPU, Network Cards and your mouse may stop working.
If you are one of the holdouts, maybe its time consider upgrading. https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/12435/windows-10-upgrade-faq