Danger to users: Microsoft discontinues support for Windows 7
Does your computer run on the old Windows 7 operating system? Starting today (Tuesday), Microsoft is discontinuing support for the system, including critical security updates. As a result, users may remain exposed. Replace computer or update software: We've gathered the options available to users
Exactly 11 years ago, Microsoft released the beta to Windows 7. (Photo: Dennis Vitchevsky)
Windows 7. The beta officially begins (Photo: Dennis Vitchevsky, Walla System! NEWS)
Do you have Windows 7? You should update your computer as soon as possible. As of Tuesday, Microsoft has discontinued support for Windows 7 today to focus on "newer technologies," and users remain vulnerable to security breaches. As a result, operating system users will stop receiving important security updates that will keep your computer safe, and hackers will be able to exploit security breaches to detect and hack into computers. According to the StarCounter website, one in four computers runs on Windows 7. "Without software and security updates, the operating system is likely to be vulnerable to viruses and spyware," Microsoft noted in a release on the site.More in Walla! NEWS More in Walla! NEWS
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Hackers use security holes to attack computers in order to steal information, spy on users without their knowledge, and demand ransom for the information. Hackers' sophisticated means of attack, and without software updates, old operating system users remain exposed. Just two years ago, health services in England were hit by ransom, following careless use of the computer. A government report released in 2018 stated that they could have prevented the breach if only computer health services were updated as required.
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Your computer is running Windows 7? These are the options available to you
To make sure you are really running the Windows 7 operating system, click the start menu, and search for "My Computer" in the search bar. Right-click and then select "Settings". There you can see what operating system is running on your computer and if it is Windows 7 - you are in danger. Microsoft offers several options, and until you choose one, it warns you that you will not access sensitive information such as logging into financial sites and backing up your information in the cloud or hard drive.
The first option is to replace the computer, but this is of course the most expensive option. If you have a valid Windows 7 license, you can update to Windows 10 for free. To do this, go to the following site and download the Microsoft tool. Then, select "Upgrade your computer now" and follow the instructions. When the upgrade is complete, you can see that the license has been upgraded to Windows 10 and the operating system has been activated.
Microsoft will still continue to provide security updates for Windows 7, but only for business licenses that start at $ 25 up to $ 200, when the license is annual and the price climbs every year. This is a business-oriented operating system where it is difficult to update the system due to support for older software, so the solution is intended primarily for large business owners and not for average users.