Microsoft has finally ended supports for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 effective immediately.

This simply means that users of this versions will no longer receive crucial security updates that were still coming to Windows 7 systems via the ESU program even though most other support for the OS ended in January 2020.

Windows 7

The company said it will not extend a similar ESU program for Windows 8 or 8.1.

Back in January 2020, Windows 7 stopped receiving feature updates and Microsoft offered extended 3-year security support for an additional fee.

This was crucial for many businesses that couldn’t make an easy transition to the newer OS. But today, Microsoft pulls the plug on the security updates and leaves users with the choice of upgrading or continuing to use Windows 7 with possibly compromised security.

Meanwhile, the latest version of Microsoft Edge (version 109), scheduled for release on Thursday, is the latest version to support the no-longer-supported Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to 10

You can check more guide here on upgrading your windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10.

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