Windows 7 is now on its last legs as a supported platform. Microsoft will stop supporting that platform from January 14, 2020. That date is almost a month from now at the time of writing.
Consequently, Microsoft has announced that full-screen end of support notifications will appear in Windows 7 from January 15, 2020. Those notifications will warn users about the security vulnerabilities unsupported Windows 7 will have. The big M announced the new notifications on the KB4530734 update page as follows:
Starting on January 15, 2020, a full-screen notification will appear that describes the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after it reaches end of support on January 14, 2020. The notification will remain on the screen until you interact with it.
The notification will appear in Windows 7 Home, Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate editions. However, the notification will not pop up within the Professional edition for users with the Extended Security Update. ESU is program that provides extended update support for Windows 7 users that purchase it.
Of course, Windows 7‘s built-in antivirus utility will become increasingly impotent after the platform’s end of support date. However, that can be remedied by installing third-party antivirus utilities that publishers update for Windows 7. Kaspersky, AVG Free, and Norton Antivirus are three notable antivirus utilities for Windows 7.
Some users will no doubt prefer to stick with Windows 7 after the end of support date so long as there are still a good number of third-party antivirus packages that can replace an unsupported Windows Defender. Many users rate Windows 7 one of the best ever platforms. It introduced a stylish new taskbar, desktop slideshows, extended theme options, an Aero Peek button, and handy Jump Lists.
Nevertheless, Windows 7’s user share has gradually been falling throughout much of 2019. Netmarketshare data shows that Windows 7’s user base share stood at 37.19 percent in January 2019. The platform’s user base share stood at 26.86 percent in November 2019. Yet, Windows 7 still retains a substantial user base that comfortably eclipses Mac OS X 10.14’s and Windows 8.1’s percentage figures.
So, Microsoft’s notifications still need to convince a lot of Windows 7 users to upgrade to 10. It might help if the big M’s notifications also reminded users that they can freely download Windows 10’s ISO or upgrade with the Media Creation Tool. Users can then continue utilizing Windows 10 (with a few restrictions) without activating it with product key.
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