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Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020

The German arm of Microsoft started banging the drum for retirement and replacement of Windows 7 last week in a fascinating blog post. It’s entitled “Windows 7 Supports Ends in Three Years.” (German original, open in Chrome, then right-click and select translate.) The post seeks to make several interesting points, after observing that Windows 7 support ends 1/14/2020 — namely:

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  • Windows 7 can no longer keep up with today’s increased security requirements
  • Windows 7 incurs higher operating costs than newer versions. They come from added maintenance, increased support needs, and time lost to malware attacks
  • In Windows 7, modern peripherals such as printers may no longer be recognized
  • The newest Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm chips will run Windows 10 but not Windows 7

I’m tempted to write this off as Microsoft seeking to cultivate FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) in its business user base. Except for something that stands out in stark relief in the December 2016 Desktop OS Market Share pie chart:

Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020

Windows 7 still outnumbers 10 by 2-to-1, but over 9% of the monitored population still runs XP.
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What Happens When Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020?

Obviously, MS wants Windows 7’s slice of the pie shown in the preceding chart at zero BEFORE end-of-life comes around. But, given that 9-plus percent of users who accessed any of NetMarketShare’s servers in December 2016 were still using XP, is that a reasonable wish? Probably not. XP hit end of life on April 8, 2014. But in just one example of what continued afterward, the US Navy paid MS $9.1M in 2015 for continued support for XP and Office 2003 components.

My best guess is that the claims and observations that MS is making in the blog post are completely factual. That said, those remarks are plainly intended as a goad. MS want its huge base of business users planning and executing a migration strategy away from Win7 before that date arrives. I don’t blame them. But the continuing hump of XP users (which could be as large as 165M users, assuming that the size of the Win10 population is at 450M in this chart) says otherwise. It will be fascinating to watch how this unfolds. Stay tuned!

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Hmmm, interesting to know. that might seems a long time for average users, but for techies like me who have LABs and production environment running on Windows 7, it is a very short time.
That said Microsoft needs to do a better job when it comes to drivers of so-to-speak legacy devices. This is one major reason my LABs are still running on Windows 7. I have testing gears and application that will either malfunction or stop working out rightly on Windows 8 & 10.
I am hoping Microsoft will do what they did with Windows 7 when XP Pro reached its end of support life - better drivers and support for legacy application and devices.
I write college textbooks and do some other work for the higher ed sector myself, so I hear you loud and clear. My wife just signed up for a Windows fundamentals class at our local community college, and they're teaching her Win8 (not even 8.1!). It takes a while to turn any kind of battleship, and the more stuff we build around these platforms the longer and more labor-intensive migration can (and will) be. OTOH, it's not prudent to stick with a platform past its EOL date, because maintaining security really is that important.
Last year when I was using Windows 7 Microsoft invited me to install Windows 10 and I did. I do not know if the 10 edition runs over the 7 one. Can you let me know what should I do to avoid problems?
Dear Marecaldo:
If your upgraded installation is working, you have nothing to worry about. If you upgraded from Win7 to Win10, you're running in a (mostly) all-10 environment with some minor Win7 holdovers here and there. If you are having issues, as long as you've associated your Win10 license with your Microsoft Live ID, you can perform a clean install on your PC and Win10 will activate automatically.
Hope this addresses your concerns, and thanks for your comment.
I believe MS end of support of Vista is in April of this year but MS should have just pulled the OS years ago. 7 is what Vista should have been from the beginning. 7 will definitely continue to be used by the masses long after MS's EoS date arrives. I will admit I did take advantage of MS's offer and upgraded my 7 machines to 10 but as soon as MS made the change to remove User control over Updates and Patches I dumped 10 of all but 2 of my PCs for varying versions of Linux. The 2 machines I still had 10 on I reformatted and and put 7 back on them. I have blocked the Update that makes 7 act like 10 in regards to Updates so I retained control. If the time comes where I cannot do that I will move completely away from Microsoft completely. I am NOT going to allow Microsoft to tell me how they want my machines to operate. Microsoft did not pay for them, I did. If I require a Windows type machine I still have an old copy of OS/2 that I will use. I have it running on an older desktop now and it has applications I used on 95 thru XP machines and the apps work just fine.
Your outlook on maintaining control over updates is widely shared by many other users. I think this is a deal-breaker for lots of people. I just try to deal with it the best that I can, because a big part of my job is figuring this kind of stuff out and recommending good coping strategies. Thanks for your comment!
thanks for sharing this and i must say it is very interesting to know that facts.
I've tried to install the windows 10 update offered but it tells me that I am incompatible.
And I wonder if this is why my Kodak printer stopped working.