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Windows 7 RTM support ends in April

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 19 Feb 2013 20:57 User comments (6)

Windows 7 RTM support ends in April Microsoft is reminding Windows 7 users that support for Windows 7 RTM ends on April 9, 2013, so its time to install the service pack.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released almost two years ago now, and Microsoft policy is to end support for a Windows product 24 months after the release of a new service pack. So in other words, if you are running Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), then you will need to install SP1 before April 9 to get continued support for the product.

For those who are updated, there is no need to worry. Windows 7 will continue to be fully supported for a long time, with mainstream support continuing until January 13, 2015, and extended support continuing until January 14, 2020.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 can be downloaded from Microsoft.com

For the difference between Mainstream Support and Extended Support, view the chart below.

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6 user comments

119.2.2013 23:33

I would love to see an article saying "Customer's purchases for windows will stop at Win 7".

220.2.2013 1:25

and you know what you may stop supporting no service packs versions of windows 7 but the only thing you dont notice firefox safari google chrome dont require a service pack to be installed nor does adobe flash player so ha ha ha ha hacked versions still online

320.2.2013 10:21

SP1 has been out for a while, it seems reasonable that they would stop doing a doubled update cycle just for people who don't even bother to install the updates.

I sure hope they keep windows 7 updates going until at least windows 9. Windows 8 is a disaster, and about the only nice things people say about it are that it works well with tablets and that you can use third party applications to make it work somewhat like windows 7. Well, that and you can get a windows 8 laptop for less than the price of a similar laptop with windows 7...because no one wants them!

420.2.2013 13:25

Windows 7 is a nice OS, I find it very stable & no problems at all.

I suspect Win 7 will see a repeat of the XP story (despite Microsoft not wanting it), too many have moved onto 7 (most importantly lots of businesses) and that means a lot of inertia.

It will take a very attractive deal (just like they had to do with 7) to get people to actively move Win 7 PCs on to Win 9 or 10.
That's fine by me too.
Offer me a decent OS for 45 like they did with 7 & I'm in.

Otherwise there's just no real & good reason to bother.

522.2.2013 14:25

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
I would love to see an article saying "Customer's purchases for windows will stop at Win 7".
+1!

622.2.2013 15:29

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Windows 8 is a disaster, and about the only nice things people say about it are that it works well with tablets
I think that is about all you can say about Win8 (it is a disaster), look at the number of companies that have spoken out saying Win8 sucks and they will not adopt it. I completely agree, but on the other side, it is something M$ must do in order to remain relevant. PCs I think are going away for the mass market as a whole, being replace with smart phones and/or other mobile devices. Unless your like me a developer who prefers to work on a PC with dual screens that is as fast as you can get, the PC is pretty much at it's end. Win8 is kind of okay on tables and mobile devices, but the interaction still leaves you wanting something that works better and is rather clumsy. I just think M$ is being cheap and lazy by making one OS for both PC's and mobile devices...

While i think M$ will prove one of my favorite sayings... "When you try to become all things to all people, you soon become nothing for everyone."


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