Windows 7 End of Mainstream Support Draws Nigh

windows-7-logo1Windows 7 has been one of Microsoft’s most successful and popular operating systems to date, and deservedly so, it really is a great operating system.

Initially released to the masses in October 2009, following hot on the heels of Vista’s dismal performance, Windows 7 has steadily maintained a healthy market share in the mid 40 percentages. Even today, Windows 7 accounts for more than 50% of Windows total market share.

Credit: NetMarketShare

Credit: NetMarketShare

So, it can be somewhat alarming when users see headlines declaring that scheduled end-of-support dates are just around the corner.

What End of Mainstream Support Means for Windows 7 Users

Mainstream support for Windows 7 is scheduled to end in January 2015, which isn’t all that far away. However, there is no need to be alarmed, end of mainstream support merely means that Windows 7 will no longer receive any new features or enhancements after that date, vulnerability patches and security updates will still be delivered via Windows Update as per normal.

Windows 7 is now a mature operating system so enhancements and new features are pretty much at a natural end anyway. Mainstream support is typically a period of 5 years post launch, following this there is a period of ‘extended support’ which includes all important security related updates and stretches for an additional 5 years. In January, Windows 7 will transition into the extended support state, so your machine will remain safe and secure, at least until January 2020.

Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Windows lifecycle fact sheet


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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.