Microsoft ends Windows 7 extended security updates on Tuesday

Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions will no longer receive extended security updates for critical and important vulnerabilities starting Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

The Extended Security Update program was the last resort option for customers who still needed to run legacy Microsoft products past their end of support on Windows 7 systems.

“Most Windows 7 devices will not meet the hardware requirements for upgrading to Windows 11, as an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded to Windows 10 by purchasing and installing a full version of the software,” Microsoft explains.

Currently, Windows 7 runs on over 11% of all Windows systems worldwide, while Windows 8.1 is used by 2.59% of Microsoft customers, according to Statcounter GlobalStats.

This version of Microsoft Edge will also be the last to support Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. A similar announcement was made by Google in October when the company said that version 110 of its Google Chrome web browser would also likely drop support for Windows 7 and 8.1 starting in February 2023.

Google Chrome now has a market share of over 64%, followed by Safari with roughly 18% and Microsoft Edge with just over 4%. Other vendors have already dropped support for Windows 7 ahead of the date when the OS will stop receiving security updates.

Share this article on social media:

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!
Stay on top of cybersecurity risks, evolving threats and industry news.

The Latest Cybersecurity News

From major cyberattacks, newly discovered critical vulnerabilities to recommended best practices, read it here first:

Tell us about your needs.
Get an answer the same business day.

Tell us about your needs.
Get an answer the same business day.

Fill out the form below and get an answer from our experts within 1 business day.

Got an urgent request? Call us at 1-877-805-7475 or Book a meeting.

PCI-DSS

What happens next:

  • We reach out to learn about your objectives
  • We work together to define your project's scope
  • You get an all-inclusive, no engagement proposal

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Scroll to Top

BOOK A MEETING

Enter Your
Corporate Email

This site is registered on wpml.org as a development site.