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Microsoft announced earlier last month that it will be pushing notifications to Windows 7 users, asking them to upgrade their machines. The users who are still running Windows 7 on their computers must upgrade as Microsft is set to end support for the operating system by January 2020. Some Windows 7 users have reported that they have started receiving such notifications. Users can still use Windows 7 after the support has been cut off but that would make them vulnerable to running risks to their security and privacy.

The notification message urging users to upgrade to Windows 10 pops up when users reboot their devices. It reads, “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end.” Users on Reddit have reported that they have started receiving these notifications from April 18, 2019. These reports from Reddit about receiving the notification from Microsoft were first spotted by Windows Latest.

Currently, users who are on Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate are receiving the notifications. Enterprise users still have the option to use Windows 7 till 2023, although they will have to pay Microsoft for Extended Security Updates (ESU).

Users who find the notification nagging can turn it off by checking the ‘Do not remind me again’ box on the bottom left corner of the pop-up. Closing the pop-up directly would likely make the notification appear again.

Microsoft has linked a support page in the pop-up notification, which explains the end of support for Windows 7 and what options users have right now. The final security update for Windows 7 will be released on January 14, 2020.

The support page explains that post the cessation of security and software update, Windows 7 will be prone to malware and virus. Microsoft is asking users to update to Windows 10 and claims it is ‘not recommended’ to download Windows 10 on older device and users should rather buy a new machine.

Users who are still running Windows 7 should look to upgrading their machines as soon as possible.

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