Windows 10 vs Windows 7

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Message on my computer from Microsoft says continuing to use Windows 7 will leave me to vulnerable to malware and other viruses. I use VIPRE so why would I be vulnerable? Are they just trying to get me to buy Windows 10?


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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Windows 7 updates officially have stopped coming from Microsoft since January 2015. It's your own risk to carry on with Windows 7.
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  • carlosdl
    The first line of defense is always keeping your operating system up to date.

    If someone discovers a vulnerability in the system, people would be able to do things they should not be allowed to do, even if not by means of a virus, they could do it manually or by means of some automated tool that doesn't install any software on your computer, like a virus, but exploits some operating system flaw through the network.

    You really need both kinds of protection.

    And besides that, some programs you currently use could release new versions in the future, which don't support older versions of the OS, so, you would not be able to update to those new versions unless you are on a newer version of Windows.

    If you plan to continue using Windows, then updating to newer versions of it is definitely necessary, and worth it.
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  • ToddN2000
    It is kind of a double edge sword here. Win 7 has reached it's end of life. According info from the web. 
    For those who don't know, Windows 7 end of life lands on January 14, 2020. After that date, PC owners running the desktop operating system will find themselves at an increased risk of being hit with malware. That's because Microsoft will no longer be actively rolling-out updates or patches for Windows 7.

    A new OS will ensure that any vulnerabilities will be fixed and keep your system safe.  The problem you face is some older programs will not run on Win10.. My wife has a few games that will not run even if you play around with the comparability mode. 

    Since that is something she enjoys, I gave her my old laptop for surfing the web and things but she still can use her old laptop for the game. I just disabled internet access (wifi adapter) on that laptop so there is no chance of getting infected or security risks. 

    So the decision is yours upgrade the OS and be safer or play the odds and use the old OS and maybe get hit with an exploit that has not been fixed.
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  • katybean2
    Thanks everyone!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    You can continue Windows 7 if there is no issue. Just keep in mind, always up to date your anti virus which is installed. Officially Windows 7 stops support from the day of January 14, 2020. For more information, please link here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4057281/windows-7-support-ended-on-january-14-2020
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  • srinisara
    You can buy extended support for windows 7 pro for $50 / device/year , if you wish to continue 
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