Windows 7: what happens in January 13?


On January 13, Microsoft's Mainstream Support for Windows 7 Service Pack (SP) 1 ends. Do not panic. This does not mean that Microsoft is about to stop the security update release for Windows 7 SP1 tomorrow.

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"Mainstream support" is the period during which Microsoft provides free security and non-security updates as well as telephone support for its products.
"Extended support" - is the period during which Microsoft continues to provide free security updates for its products and will end on January 15, 2020 for Windows 7 SP1.

Support expiring tomorrow for Windows 7 SP1 has no impact on downgrade rights. Users will still be able to buy a new OEM-licensed computer for a Windows business version and then install an older version. Computers with Windows 8.1 Pro can be downgraded to Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business.

The 13 January deadline also has nothing to do with the end of sales and the end date for computers with Window 7 Pro. Microsoft has not yet given a date on when Windows 7 Pro will no longer be distributed to retailers or OEMs. Company executives said they would give one year before the end of sales.

31 October of 2014, Microsoft has stopped providing collaborators and system makers with copies of WindUs 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, and Ultimate for preinstallation on new computers. But OEMs have the ability to continue to sell their inventory on computers running with these versions of Window 7.

WindUws 7 still hold more than 50% of the world market share of operating systems, according to Net Applications.

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