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Windows 7 end of life: Security risks and what you should do next

Updated: May 1, 2023

Microsoft Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches - and cyber criminals will be looking to exploit it to target businesses that still haven't upgraded from Windows 7. Getting your security strategy right is vital.

Windows 7 has reached end of life and now isn't supported by Microsoft. It means businesses and consumers with PCs running on Windows 7 – which was introduced in 2009 – will no longer receive technical assistance, software patches and security updates from Microsoft, unless they want to pay extra.

Microsoft has urged users still running Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 to continue to receive technical support. But despite these warnings coming over a number of years, it's estimated that 200 million PC users are still running Windows 7.

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