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Iminent death of Windows 7, still able to update to Windows 10 for free

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
Hi all

I hope we're all aware by now, but Windows 7 goes "End Of Life" on 14th January 2020. After this time, it will no longer recieve security updates.


There will be some of you thinking that so long as you have decent anti virus or a good firewall in place that you'll still be safe and be able to continue using it. BUT THIS ISN'T THE CASE.

Some misunderstand how "Zero Day" flaws in software affect the security of the system. A zero day flaw is where there is an inherent security hole that is open to attackers to gain access to your machine, through any firewall or AV package:


This is of paramount importance for anyone running an Intel CPU, as we know there have been multiple inherent flaws in the chips that have been patched by Microsoft and motherboard partners to mitigate (but not resolve) the flaw. Once windows is out of support, this will no longer happen. There have been rumours that new vulnerability patches do not work and already need addressing. And there are bound to be more found.

It is of utmost importance that anyone still on Windows 7 update NOW to Windows 10.

This process is still free via legitimate avenues:


If you're really not happy with the modified layout of Windows 10, there are various tools to bring back the Windows 7 look and feel:


As always, if you're unsure of anything at all, post a new thread in the forum and we can help you through it :)
 

ubuysa

Moderator
Moderator
Agree 100%.

It's not just the Windows 7 users who will be affected either, unpatched vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to silently add your Windows 7 PC to a botnet under their control and use that to attack major corporations, hospitals, airlines and the like - and thus affect everyone. The owner of the windows 7 machine will most likely never know that they have been partly responsible.

An Internet connected Windows 7 computer will be a liability for everyone in exactly the same way that Internet attached XP machines already are. I am quite certain that Microsoft are silently still allowing users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free because they know how dangerous a host of unpatched and Internet attached Windows 7 machines will be.
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
Agree 100%.

It's not just the Windows 7 users who will be affected either, unpatched vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to silently add your Windows 7 PC to a botnet under their control and use that to attack major corporations, hospitals, airlines and the like - and thus affect everyone. The owner of the windows 7 machine will most likely never know that they have been partly responsible.

An Internet connected Windows 7 computer will be a liability for everyone in exactly the same way that Internet attached XP machines already are. I am quite certain that Microsoft are silently still allowing users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free because they know how dangerous a host of unpatched and Internet attached Windows 7 machines will be.
That’s a very good point!
 

SpyderTracks

Huntsman
Moderator
For those of you unaware, today is the day that Windows 7 is no longer supported, so any of you left on it, you can still upgrade for free. Post in the forum if you need help.
 
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