[Published on: Jul 10, 2014] Microsoft is going to end the support for its most popular operating system Windows 7. So, after the date 13th January 2015 you won’t get any type of security updates, software updates etc and Microsoft will not guarantee about the hacking and virus attacks on Windows 7 operating system after ending the support.
As previously Microsoft has also ended the extended support of its Windows XP operating system on 8 April 2014. Now its time to stop mainstream support for Windows 7!
Ending Only Mainstream Support Not The Extended
Windows 7 mainstream support is ending and users will face the same problems which came when Windows XP support was ended. So, all the private and government systems work on Windows 7 should beware of hacking and virus attacks.
However, now only mainstream support is ending and extended support will be available till 2020. But users must pay for extended support in Windows 7 operating system.
What Does it Mean by Ending Mainstream Support
The meaning of ending mainstream support in Windows 7 is the ending of many free services which are extremely needed to properly run the operating system.
So, after ending the mainstream support, users of Windows 7 OS must pay money for every essential updates except security updates.
Mainstream Vs Extended Support
Windows XP was ended its mainstream support on 14 April 2009 and extended support on 8 April 2014. So, when company ends the mainstream support, then big government and non-government organizations pay money to company to continue some of the software updates. That’s why company is going to end Windows 7 mainstream support on 13th January 2015 but extended support will be available for more 5 years.
Some of the Bad Effects of Ending Mainstream Support
Some of the most dangerous effects of ending mainstream support of Windows 7:
- New version of browsers won’t support Windows 7 operating system
- If you use old browsers, then you might undergo security damage
- System can easily be hacked while surfing Internet
- You might remove Java plug
- Great danger of viruses and malware
So, in these conditions you PC will run but the danger of hacking will be increased at huge rate. In such conditions, antivirus may help to avoid viruses and malware on your PC.
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After ending the mainstream support the extended support will also be ended on 14th January 2020. Not only this but in October 2014, the validity of Microsoft Office 2010 service pack 1 will also finish.