Windows 7: Microsoft reminds of the end of support

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Dec 15, 2022 - 10:42
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Windows 7: Microsoft reminds of the end of support

Microsoft has reminded in a blog post that the end of support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 is imminent. The operating systems lose updates for Edge and Webview2 so that they can no longer be used as productive systems with sensitive data. However, there seems to be another grace period and an interim solution for server systems.

Many users will recall Windows 7 as a very pleasant and mature operating system, but by no means have all users converted to Windows 10 or 11. However, the time has come to act, because Microsoft will stop extended support for Windows 7 on January 10, 2023. This will also be withdrawn for Windows 8 and 8.1, but these have never achieved the same level of popularity as Windows 7.

Operating systems that are no longer supported will no longer get Edge updates, and the current version 109 will be the last supported version. To avoid security issues, Microsoft highly urges you to upgrade to a current Windows version that will continue to receive updates.

The same also applies to the Webview2 runtime, which will only expire on 01/12/23 and so causes the same problem. PCs running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 can no longer be utilized as productive workstations with Internet connectivity without causing a security risk.

The restrictions also apply to the server versions of the operating systems. Edge support will be removed from Windows Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2 in January. There is an alternative workaround that should operate until October 2023 with Internet Explorer 11, which has been discontinued in the meantime.

However, Microsoft has admitted that switching may be difficult for certain developers because the old operating systems are used to test outdated programs that no longer operate on Windows 10 and 11, potentially causing significant problems.

Windows 11: The bug in the task manager has been fixed

Microsoft has corrected a display issue in the task manager in Windows 11 2022 Update. Furthermore, there are no longer any frame rate decreases associated with Windows 11 Version 22H2.

The optional update KB5020044 raises the OS to build to 22621.900, and frame rate issues in PC games caused by the Windows 11 2022 update should be resolved. Reports emerged shortly after the upgrade's release in late November that Task Manager would have display issues after installing the update.

White text, for example, is shown on a light background, making reception much more difficult. Microsoft fixed this issue on the year's final patch day.

Post by Bryan C.