After 10 years of support, Microsoft will not be providing any security updates for the Windows 7 operating system starting today. Well, what does this mean if you still use it?
If you are one of those users still using Windows 7 on your system for whatever reason(s), you are now vulnerable to bugs and issues, which can’t be fixed, unless of course if you are part of a company that has paid for extended support. If such is the case, you’ll still be getting the security support and updates up till the year 2023. However, we still assume that you are not one of those. So, what should you do?
You really need to upgrade your operating system to Windows 10. In the year 2015, Microsoft provided free upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for the first year. And Microsoft has already ended the Windows 10 free upgrade in December 2017.
But you can perform the upgrade provided that you have a legit Windows 7 or 8.1 license, obviously because of a loophole.
Windows Latest reports that users can download and run the Media Creation Tool and enter their existing product key if prompted. Then after an upgrade, users get a digital license to the Windows 10 that gets verified when they connect their system to the internet.
Similarly, on Reddit, a self-proclaimed Microsoft engineer posted a comment saying that the free upgrade deal was wholly a marketing fuzz. So, Microsoft would instead prefer folk upgrade through the loophole than not at all fairly because they will have an up-to-date operating system in minimum and also better protection afterward.
Therefore, the loophole seems to be creating no concern for Microsoft. But there are differences when we say fully activated Windows 10 and a legally licensed one. What this means is that you could be technically breaching the license agreements by making use of a Windows 7 product key for Windows 10.