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Microsoft Windows 7 patch warns or coming patchocalypse – Naked Security



Microsoft has issued a patch to remind Windows 7 users that they will soon have no patches.

The update tells users that they will not be able to get support for Windows 7 after 14 January 2020, and it's effectively to upgrade to a later operating system (Microsoft has been pressuring people for a long time to upgrade to Windows 10).

What does end of support really mean?

Each version of Windows goes through different support stages. In mainstream support, it gets all the updates and patches you expect, but this phase eventually ends, which point the operating system version switches to extended support. This still provides security updates, but non-security updates are no longer available for desktop consumer products. Enterprises can only get them with extended hotfix support.

Mainstream support for Windows 7 without Microsoft's service pack one (SP1

) addition ended on 9 April 2013. Those users who installed SP1 still found mainstream support ending on 13 January 2015. Since that time, Windows 7 SP1 users have been on extended support. Microsoft is talking about the end of that extended support, which is a little like running off a cliff, security-wise.

Microsoft says that after extended support ends, the security updates stop coming, which means that the company will not issue patches designed to seal off security bugs for Windows 7 SP1 as part of its patch Tuesday releases anymore:

After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.