It's worth pointing out that Windows 10 is a fairly respectable upgrade adding numerous new features.
In the run up to today it has been observed and commented on by many a tech site that it has still been possible to upgrade authenticated Windows 7 systems to Windows 10 for free by downloading and using the Create Windows 10 installation media tool. But regardless of whether the USA government got a heads-up on the patch, the most worrying thing is that the flaw - which impacts all versions of Windows, including Windows 7 - will not be rolled-out to anyone who is still using a version of Windows 7 after January 14, 2020.
The end of support for Windows 7 devices means that any bugs or malware issues discovered from now on will never get fixed or patched.
According to figures from Statcounter, Windows 7 holds a 26.8% market share of Windows installs as of the end of December versus 65.4% for Windows 10. Make sure to read the documentation on the Windows 10 Update History page for your version's release notes.
The wide-reaching nature of the security implications, according to Krebs, ranges from compromising authentication on Windows desktops on servers to the protection of sensitive data.
"I get the impression that people should perhaps pay very close attention to installing tomorrow's Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates in a timely manner".
The fix comes in the form of a software update that should be available to all Windows 10 users (and a few others) starting this week.
For the most part, all the things you've relied on in Windows 7 will be there or thereabouts on Windows 10.
Devices newer than three years can be upgraded and existing Windows 7 OS replaced by a newer version of Windows 8 or Windows 10.
Microsoft strongly recommends using Windows 10 on a new PC for latest security features and protection against malicious software. "Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft".
Gizmodo Australia is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix. "A quick search on internet search engine shodan.io reveals that there are roughly a million Windows 7 systems connected to the internet. In many scenarios, these systems are hard to protect against attacks requiring physical access because by nature they are deployed to physically accessible areas".