In January this year, Microsoft revealed it was ending its support for Windows 7 in Jan. 14th, 2020. The Redmond-based software firm called out all its users currently running the operating to upgrade to Windows 10.
However, since the call by the software firm, still millions of Windows 7 users haven’t upgraded their software. This prompting the company to roll out a patch — KB4493132 that will warn them that security updates will soon come to an end.
The patch was rolled out Wednesday warning users of the impending deadline, Jan. 14th, 2020, when the company will no longer roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities — after 10 years of operations.
10 years after Windows 7 first debuted in 2009, more than half a decade before Microsoft’s most recent operating system Windows 10 was introduced.
In a bid for the company to have Window 7 users upgrade, starting April 18th, they will begin receiving warnings about the approaching cut-off. The company says this will only appear a handful of times in 2019.
Meanwhile, Microsoft will continue to provide security updates to only business customers but not to individual users. The company in September last year announced it will offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) till Jan. 2023. In addition, charging a hefty premium for it as the ESU for enterprise customers will be doled out on a per-device basis and the pricing will increase with each passing year.