Microsoft support for Windows 7 ended on 14 January 2020. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for any issues, any software updates, or any security updates or fixes.*
The UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has warned that Windows 7 should not be used for online banking, or email, from 14 January 2020.
According to the UK press, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) stated that devices still using Windows 7 as their operating system “will be more prone to attacks as Microsoft ceases to patch weaknesses”.
Here’s how to check which version of Windows you are running:
It is possible to keep using your PC running Windows 7, but without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk of viruses and malware.
Microsoft has suggested purchasing a PC containing a more recent operating system. Alternatively, you can upgrade your existing PC to Windows 10, if it meets the minimum system requirements of Windows 10.
Microsoft provides further information and advice through its website which can be accessed here:
*unless you have access to an enterprise-grade Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) programme which is available for a further three years.
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