GCHQ warns against Windows 7 for email, banking


Whether you do it this way, or buy it, or replace your PC with a Windows 10 machine (which is nearly all new Windows computers now), you should take action today.

Windows 10 is a very good operating system, but despite Microsoft initially offering it as a free upgrade, many users were reluctant to switch from Windows 7, and it's easy to understand why.

A Microsoft spokesman said: If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

All editions of Windows 7 have reached end of life.

Tomorrow, Microsoft will end its security support for Windows 7.

"To ensure users do not fall victim to cybercrime related to Windows 7, users should seek an update immediately to ensure they're supported by a system that is supported with security updates".

At the time of writing, it however still appears that one can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, if you have a licenced copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

Microsoft confirms that nearly "99 percent of Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 10".

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However, a startup sound can easily be enabled in Windows 10, and it doesn't take more than just a few clicks to do it.

Microsoft confirmed today that it will support Edge on Windows 7 for the same 18 month+ timeframe as will Google with Chrome.

Microsoft is encouraging its users to choose a more extreme option: buying a new PC.

Users can then open the file and follow the instructions to install Windows 10.

At this point, there's really no excuse to still be running an antiquated version of Windows.

GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has told the public not to access banking, emails or other services containing sensitive information from devices on Windows 7 due to the high risk.

The only way for them to stay protected is by purchasing Extended Security Updates, which will extend security updates until 2023.

"There may be business-critical applications that will not run on newer operating systems, or there may be significant costs associated with upgrading those applications", he said.