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Windows 7: Has Support Ended on Windows 7?

03 Feb 2016   #1
RhinoCan

Windows 7
 
 
Has Support Ended on Windows 7?

I thought I heard something the other day to the effect that support on Windows 7 has either stopped already or is about to stop in the near future? Is that correct? If so, what date are they giving?

Also, am I correct in believing that when they drop support they will also immediately stop all updates, including security patches?


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03 Feb 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here are all the dates:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ha=windows%207

It is good that there are no more updates. That means no more new bugs.
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03 Feb 2016   #3
remm

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Has support ended on W7? Not if you count KBs for hidden telemetry tasks, pushing W10, and making W7 less secure.
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03 Feb 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Microsoft doesn't want to stop updating Windows 7. How else would they sneak in their W-10 telemetry and other W-10 B/S.
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04 Feb 2016   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Full support for Win 7 has ended. That means no more new or improved features and no more nonsecurity related bug fixes. However, extended support, which was supposed to be for security related flaws only, will continue to 01/14/2020. Unfortunately, since last year, M$py has also been including "get Win 10" related updates and spyware (the "telemetry" updates).
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04 Feb 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

We can only wish for that day
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04 Feb 2016   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here are all the dates:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ha=windows%207

It is good that there are no more updates. That means no more new bugs.
Is it wise at this point to stop all updates? This would eliminate the Win 10 Update problem. Any thoughts?
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04 Feb 2016   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Here are all the dates:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ha=windows%207

It is good that there are no more updates. That means no more new bugs.
Is it wise at this point to stop all updates? This would eliminate the Win 10 Update problem. Any thoughts?
No, it would not be wise to stop all updates since most are actual security updates that patch security holes. Sadly, continuing to receive updates will require extreme scrutiny from now on to avoid the telemetry and Win 10 upgrade related updates. I wait at least four days before downloading and installing an update to allow time for reports of problem updates to surface.
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04 Feb 2016   #9
remm

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

To give an alternate opinion, I have stopped updating and so have others here (recently discussed in another thread). All major bugs and security flaws have long since been patched. But I do use Sandboxie and not an AV, so my system is not vulnerable to (present or future) viruses that might exploit potential remaining bugs. However, even if I used an AV, AFAIC the biggest threat to my system at this time are the MS updates. So I would not update anymore, regardless (unless I ran into a specific issue and Googled/found the specific fix/patch for it). JMO, YMMV.
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06 Feb 2016   #10
Jody Thornton

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by EmmaRoyd View Post
windows 7 reached end of mainstream support march 2015, so only security updates now, and an occasional hotfix for a specific problem. but in all fairness, even using updates until eoms, i found 7 stable enough.
That's where I sit with the original Windows 8. It works well and now no more updates.
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