The American company Microsoft has announced to close its popular operating system. Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 7 and 8.1 with effect from January 10.
While many computer users still have Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on their desktops and laptops, Microsoft’s latest decision seems to affect those users.
What does Microsoft stop supporting Windows 7 and 8.1 mean? After this decision of Microsoft, will computers with the mentioned operating system not work? Not so. The end of Microsoft’s support means that computers running these operating systems will not receive security and bug updates.
When Microsoft ends support for a Windows system, it does not release security patches, bug fixes, or other updates for that system. This means that computers running on those operating systems will not receive any updates to protect against new security risks. Also new software drivers are not updated to work properly. In simple words, after Windows support is stopped, your computer will work but will not receive any new updates.
After that, the computer can’t fight new risks, due to which the computer system can become a victim of hacking.
The Journey to Windows 7
Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009 and was supposed to stop updating it in 2015. But seeing the popularity of the operating system, Microsoft extended the support of Windows 7 until 2020. Similarly, the security update of Windows 7 was extended until the year 2023, so that users can migrate to Windows 10 and Windows 11.
On the other hand, Windows 8.1 was launched in 2013. The company also added support for the operating system till 2023.