Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday

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A Microsoft spokesman said: If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.

At the time of writing, it however still appears that one can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, if you have a licenced copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

"The NCSC would encourage people to upgrade devices now running Windows 7, allowing them to continue receiving software updates which help protect their devices", an NCSC spokesman said.

If upgrading is not a viable option, a path of last resort for enterprises is to buy the Extended Security Update licence, which will provide technical and security updates for up to three years.

And this very often includes giving up on the modern elements that are bundled into Windows 10, such as the Microsoft Store, which more often that not is quickly forgotten by those who just seek a traditional Windows experience.

Note: Windows 10 upgrade will not work on unlicensed or cracked versions of Windows 7.

As a final reminder, you'll definitely want to upgrade your system if you happen to be running a variant of Windows 7 as Microsoft is ending official support for the OS tomorrow.

Two years ago, YouTuber Kamer Kaan Avdan, who has previously created concept videos for new versions of Windows XP and Windows 95 showcased his vision of Windows 7 - 2018 Edition and it still holds up exceptionally well today. Microsoft will stop providing free security updates for the software on Tuesday.

To make use of the upgrade tool, users must go to the Windows 10 download page and select "Download tool now". The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be 14 January 2020. From there, you'll follow a prompt or two whereupon you'll be able to click "Install" and get the process started.

Windows 10 introduced the concept for UWP apps to the world, which, by the way, didn't perform as intended, forcing Microsoft to take a few steps back.