Still running Windows 7? Time to upgrade as Microsoft warns support ending soon

A few months after officially saying “goodbye” to Windows XP, Microsoft is ready to pull the plug on one of its most popular operating system, Windows 7.

Apparently, Windows 7 is not the only product involved, the warning also covers Windows server 2008, Windows Server 2003 and Office 2010 with Service Pack 1.


Mainstream Support for a product is the five year period when Microsoft provides free patches and fixes, which includes security updates. When the Mainstream support period ends, Microsoft provides Extended Support which also lasts a period of 5 years.

In the extended support period users receive security updates only. Other updates will have to be paid for.

End of Support means there will be no more patches and fixes, online technical assistance or security updates whether paid or free. Totally being shut out.

Software fast-approaching end of support

All versions of Windows 7 (Enterprise, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate and Starter). Mainstream support ends January 13th next year, Extended Support for this Windows 7 versions will run until January 14th, 2020. Users are expected to continue receiving free security updates.

Windows 7 versions with service pack 1 applied will also receive updates since Extended Support for this versions runs until January 14th, 2020 as well.

Technology analysts are predicting that Microsoft will extend the mainstream support period for Windows 7 as it did for Windows XP considering Windows 7’s popularity.

Complete end of support for Windows Server 2003 is next year July 14th. Several small businesses still running Windows Server 2003 have been urged to upgrade.

Support also ends this October 14th for following products;

  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 1
  • Share Point 2010 with Service Pack 1
  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010
  • Visual Studio 2012 Remote Tools, Test Professionals and Express for Web

Meanwhile, as these products continue to get closer to their formal deaths, pressure is piling on Microsoft to deliver with Windows 9 expected to launch next year April.