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Windows 7 and Windows 8 are living out their final hours as Retired

Microsoft will permanently stop providing technical and security updates for these two operating systems starting January 10th. PC users who are still running this OS should migrate to Windows 10 or switch to an alternative OS to stay safe using their PC. 

You officially only have one week left to safely use Windows 7 and 8/8.1. Starting January 10, Microsoft will definitely stop offering updates for these two operating systems which were released in 2009 for the former and in 2012 for the latter.

While support for Windows 7 officially ended in January 2020, at least 100 million PCs are still running the OS a year after its technical support ended.

For users reluctant to walk away, the Redmond company is still offering an additional three-year reprieve, provided they go to the checkout to continue receiving security updates. Windows 8 meanwhile doesn't benefit from this preferential treatment (no one will complain).

End of web browser support

The already announced death of Windows 7 and Windows 8 also coincided with the end of support for several applications essential for proper PC usage.

Microsoft has just launched Edge 109, the latest version of its web browser that will be supported on the operating system. Edge 109 isn't the only browser dropping support for Windows 7 and 8. Google also indicated a few weeks ago that its Chrome browser would no longer be updated on these OS in 2023.

While the latest supported version of the Chrome browser will continue to work, it will not receive any security updates, leaving the machine potentially open to the wind.

Required upgrade to newer Windows

If your PC is still running Windows 7 or Windows 8, it seems unlikely that it will meet the necessary requirements to qualify for an upgrade to Windows 11. You should then switch to Windows 10 which is still supported until 2025. And you don't need to go to the cashier in principle. pay for a new license: your Windows 7 or Windows 8 license can be used to register a freshly installed copy of Windows 10.

And if you don't plan to continue using Microsoft's operating system, there are many other solutions and they will satisfy even the most demanding. That way you can ditch Windows in favor of a Linux distribution like Linux Mint, or opt for the Chrome OS Flex install, which is easier to understand.

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