Mainstream support for Windows 7 SP1 ends today

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

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  1. Dan

    Thanks for the reminder; to state your fine report another way, on such Windows 7 devices, it’ll also be a good idea to not update or especially uninstall now-working favorite programs (where use isn’t enforced by license code) before checking if the update version can run on now permanently “old” stuff you’ve got; for example, re FOSS, with Blender moving closer to all-OpenCL/CUDA, you can easily find just about any version that’s ever been out if you find you need to re-install one which worked for you; but say a GIMP version moving into Windows 8 and beyond wrapper code overwrites the one working now…not as easy to say “oops!” and go dredge up older versions online.

    What I myself am most interested in is how long flash players, third-party browsers and AV/HIPS security apps will continue supporting Windows 7, or Google/websites will support IE 11 for 7; for over a year, my peculiar security setup has blocked everything MS updates through today now finally do (and then some), but if I had to wait for MS to get a working patch because some AV needed a dependency Windows 7 cannot have, and browsers didn’t work…brrr, I’d just have “XP” well before 2020. Cheers!

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