Microsoft wants Windows 7 users to upgrade for security reasons

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Microsoft is currently in a complicated position. Although some might argue it’s not complicated at all, there is room for debate. The reality of things however, is that Microsoft is in a competition with itself because while Windows 10 has seen a large market share takeover, there is still a lot left to go.

Currently, many stubborn Windows 7 users won’t give in. Microsoft seems to be having difficulties when it comes to convincing those users to switch and we guess you could say that it’s its own fault for making Windows 7 so well.

Running an operating system that is no longer supported by the developer presents extreme security risks. Avoiding this type of situation can help avoid a lot of other complications, something neither users or Microsoft want to see.

Wannacry ransomware — does that ring a bell? Well, it is Windows 7 that facilitated the spread of this vicious ransomware a few years ago. There is a high risk of a similar or even worse episode happening after Microsoft drops support for the OS. So, why risk getting your computer infected with malware, when you can simply install the latest OS version and leave any worries behind?

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Microsoft is pushing people towards Windows 10

A while ago, through their subsidiary in Germany, Microsoft has come out with a statement that encourages people to switch over to the growing Windows 10 platform and leave Windows 7 behind. According to that statement, Windows 7 is no longer geared to handle the problems and security threats an operating system deals with today. While it had a good run, Windows 7’s reign must unfortunately come to and end.

Microsoft further pats its own back as it praises the achievements and advances made by Windows 10 in contrast with its predecessors. There is no doubt that Windows 7 cannot stand on equal ground with Windows 10 in terms of security and the available resources granted by being backed up by Microsoft. It’s clear that the latter is desperately trying to get people to switch to their newer OS.

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Editor’s Note: This post was updated on January 10, 2020 for freshness and accuracy.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2017 and was revamped and updated in January 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.