Why Today's 'Patch Wednesday' Is So Important For Windows Users

Alonzo Simpson
January 15, 2020

Nearly a quarter of Windows users worldwide are still thought to be running Windows 7, according to web traffic analysis website StatCounter.

One-third of PCs around the world run Windows 7, according to NetMarketShare.

A software update released today addresses a historic report was made by the National Security Agency (NSA) to Microsoft about Windows OS. That goal is undoubtedly within reach now, however, because Tuesday, January 14th marks the last day of official Windows 7 support. Unethical hackers and malware creators will be ready with their delivery package that cannot only steal data from your computer but can also spread viruses over the network, lockdown files using Ransomware, and more.

And continuing to use a Windows 7 PC which is connected to the internet could put your data, plus your financial and other personal information at serious risk.

Microsoft has been trying for years now to get users to upgrade to Windows 10.

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The Windows 7 Extended Security Updates will be available until 2023 for businesses of all sizes. Basically, what it does is enable ESU updates on systems that are have not joined the program. Microsoft warned people repeatedly to help them prepare for today, and now the end of support has officially arrived. Well, Microsoft won't be issuing any further patches, bug fixes, or new features for the ageing software, which was first introduced back in summer 2009.

"If it's been a long time since you bought a new computer it may not make sense to install $170 worth of software on a computer that is five to seven years old", Saltzman said. "Daunting as it may be, we're now at the stage where the best option is to upgrade". That means it will no longer provide updates or security patches for the 11-year-old operating system, and the hundreds of millions of PCs still using it are vulnerable to attack. You could use this image in the future to restore to a good state, should the need ever arise. There's also a Windows 10 Pro version for $199 if you use it for business purposes. It will make sure your data are always safe.

Of course, there are plenty of other things that are more pressing, we know-like all those Citrix and Pulse Secure VPNs that haven't been patched yet.

Unfortunately as a result, people are stubbornly sticking with it: a worrying 33 per cent of Windows users are still using it, according to NetMarketShare. The chances are that most of the antivirus solutions will either stop working or will cost. You can also grab the offline installer by downloading the package from the Microsoft Update website.

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