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Yolanda Curtis
January 15, 2020

Kollective estimates that a company with 10,000 Windows 7 machines could be on the hook for up to $1.4 million in annual payments to Microsoft for security updates.

The new monthly rollup and non-security update for Windows 7 come with a couple of security fixes.

The end of support for Windows 7 devices means that any bugs or malware issues discovered from now on will never get fixed or patched.

While security packages will prevent certain styles of attack, the nature of Microsoft's updates are different in that they usually address vulnerabilities in Windows itself rather than programs running on the OS. This means that you may boot into Windows normally.

What should you do with your Windows 7 PC?

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You need to update Firefox if you use the platform.


But besides faking file signatures, the bug could also be used to fake digital certificates used for encrypted communications.

The UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has warned people not to use Windows 7 to do internet banking or use e-mails from computers with Windows 7 from Tuesday 14th January. Consumers or businesses will miss out the latest technologies, apps, security updates, and support if they use Windows 7 despite its EoL (End of Life). This is especially relevant today since Microsoft's support of Windows 7 officially ends tomorrow, January 14th.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, is releasing an emergency directive Tuesday urging federal civilian agencies to take "a series of immediate actions to mitigate this risk and to minimize the exposure to associated threats to our federal information systems", said Bryan Ware, an assistant secretary in the department.

Many computers in the public sectors of nations around the world still run on the decade-old system.

Some Windows users may not want to upgrade to Windows 10 as it is quite hungry for Telemetry data.

Windows 10 has a vibrant new design and offers greater functionality than its predecessor.


So if you've been putting off upgrading to Windows 10 for years, now might finally be the time to cave.

This comes courtesy of a web page Microsoft has concocted to push new Surface devices and Microsoft 365, which contains a FAQ on Windows 7 no longer being supported. But Microsoft will no longer ship security or quality updates for the operating system nor will it provide technical support.

The upgrade to Windows 10 is still free for users that have a genuine Windows 7 product key.

The easy answer is: Get Windows 10.

Some companies rely heavily on applications that only work with Windows 7.

In the run up to today it has been observed and commented on by many a tech site that it has still been possible to upgrade authenticated Windows 7 systems to Windows 10 for free by downloading and using the Create Windows 10 installation media tool.


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