The support of Windows XP has been discontinued since the April 2014, and the Windows 7 is soon to have a similar fate. BrightTitan explains what this means.
Since the 31 October 2016, no PCs with installed Windows 7 (in the professional variant) have been available in the market. Such measures included death on the installments: as a rule, Microsoft provided its operating systems with 10-year update support. In Windows 7, the group will stop the update delivery the on January 14, 2020. As early as 2015, the OS saw further updates, optimizing existing functions and patching errors – since this basic support ran out, so-called bugfixing is denied for the users. With Windows 7, Microsoft is currently in the second and last support phase: During this extended support, you receive only the security updates. By 2020, you are not helpless, therefore, any error ( concerning the security ) will be fixed
No new features
If you’re talking about Windows support, you’re thinking about deploying system updates: you’re closing security gaps, removing errors, adding new features, improving your pace. Microsoft differentiates between mainstream and extended support (basic, extended support): In the first update phase, users receive functional improvements for their operating system in addition to the security patches. With extended support, there are only security updates – not something more. Completed is now the mainstream support for the Windows 7. Too tragic, this does not seem to, but Microsoft distributed but hardly feature supply for its proven system. In 2013, for example, an update of disk cleanup was started. It is thus working on the same level as the newer version of Windows. Until Extended Support ends on January 14, 2020, you do not need to install Windows for security. Anyone who does it, will get used to the user management of a more modern product and profit from technical advantages.
Go to Windows 8.1 or 10
Anyone who does not like the functional standstill of Windows 7 and would like to receive updates from Microsoft should switch to Windows 8.1 or 10. Both will receive significantly longer updates than the Windows 7. While functional security updates will be granted for 8.1 until the 9 January 2018 (exclusive update supply for 8.1 until 10 January 2023), Windows 10 will get them virtually unlimited: every few months, the version number will be increased with free updates, whereupon the support phase extends into the future. The support phases of the Windows 10 released in 2015 will end on October 13, 2020 and on October 14, 2025 ( for Windows 10 LTSB which is not available for the private users but available via the MSDN subscription or volume licensing agreement.)