Microsoft will stop supporting millions of computers running Windows 7 today, Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Without Windows 7 support, this means that they won’t issue any more software updates that could prevent malware or viruses. It also means it won’t release any more security patches to address future problems in the software.
Windows 7 will now be a lot less secure, which will mean that more people will choose to make their computers less safe – not because they want to but to avoid costs of upgrading to Windows 10 or buying a whole new computer. It will also mean that malware and viruses will be able to run in the background without your knowledge or consent.
Here’s what Microsoft says you should do if you’re one of the millions of people still running Windows 7: If you are an administrator on a Windows 7 computer, you should create a shortcut to the “uninstall” utility and go to the “Add or Remove Programs” interface. You should then select the “Startup” option and search for “reg.exe” to remove it.
“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware,” Microsoft mentions on its website. “In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.”
This software update, *pun intended* doesn’t come as a shock being that Microsoft officially ended their “mainstream support” for Windows 7 back in 2015, giving select businesses that hold delicate information like financial firms, doctors’ offices and other institutions who were running under that operating system, security updates until today of course. If you have a computer older than three years, Microsoft suggests that you buy a new one that operates under Windows 10.