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Nearly a quarter of PC users are still running Windows 7

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Some of the Windows 7 system could be on Extended Support, but it won’t be available forever

Almost a quarter of computer users are still using the end-of-life (EOL) OS Windows 7, despite it having stopped receiving updates in January 2020.


That's according to a report from antivirus vendor Kaspersky,despite Microsoft having stopped delivering security updates to Windows 7 installations on January 14, 2020. As is the norm, Microsoft’s move was quickly followed by many third-party vendors, who dropped the OS from their list of supported OS’s.

Kaspersky acknowledges that while updating the OS seems like a nuisance to many, not doing so offers threat actors to find their way into your installation with much more ease.

Even if you think you are vigilant and protected while online, updating your OS is an essential element of security that should not be overlooked, regardless of any third-party security solution’s presence. If [the] OS is obsolete, it can no longer receive these critical updates,” says Oleg Gorobets, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Kaspersky.


Clear and present danger​


When further analyzing the Windows 7 users, Kaspersky observes that consumers, small and medium businesses (SMBs), and very small businesses (VSBs) occupy almost the same share – 22% each.


Kaspersky reasons that the use of Windows 7 by VSBs is particularly worrying since they don’t have the resources for dedicated IT security staff, and an outdated OS puts them at a far greater risk of cyberattacks.


One small siver lining is that the study only covers installations that are enrolled with the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), which means the total number of Internet-connected Windows 7 machines could be far greater.

True, some of these Windows 7 machines could be enrolled with the Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. However as Kaspersky notes, not only does the ESU program entail additional costs, it won’t be available forever


In any case, ESU programs are designed to give users extra time to plan the migration of their critical services from EOL OSes, and shouldn’t be used as an excuse to continue using an old OS.
 
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lol , i needed to delete my windows 7 ultimate and step over to windows 10 pro a few years ago ...
reason some programs were no more working ....
but really i would say to the ppl that are still using windows 7 ...
Step over / upgrade to windows 10 pro and use startisback :)
 
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Great info S.Prasanna Venkatesh, thank you. I totally agree with SiteWizard, they are all running a huge risk!!

You are more on to risk using win 10 due to small I would dare to say almost non protection then that you are on win 7
 

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And yet, there are still a smaller percentage that uses Windows XP these days too. :giggle:
I'm still looking for a good linux distro to replace Windows 7 on my old (now 16 years old) file/media server. Eventually I will find something I can use. :nerd:
 

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In windows 7 i noted the speed of internet is full as compared to windows 10.
But I love Windows 10.
:rock:

Win 10 has a lot of backround apps that eat up your basicly everything 😂
 

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there are some users who have crack ESU Bypass who receive updates for windows 7
 
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