Windows 7 will soon begin to upgrade to Windows 10 – again. Specifically, a message appears informing you that Microsoft will officially discontinue Windows 7 support on January 1
Why Windows 7 by Will Nag You
Microsoft will support Windows 7 only with security patches until January 14, 2020. This is the date "end of support" or "end of life" (EOL). After this date, Windows 7 will leave technically "advanced support". Businesses can pay for additional support, but average PC PCs get stuck without security patches.
This means that Windows 7 computers are becoming more vulnerable and software developers tend to end up leaving these old PCs behind and not writing software that works on Windows 7.
We strongly recommend upgrading to a supported operating system by January 14, 2020. Until then, you will be using a supported operating system – so please hide and use your PC. And who wants to nag anyway?
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Microsoft lets you silence the Nags this time
Microsoft has learned his lesson – somehow. While the original Get Windows 10 (GWX) messages returned over and over again, this end-of-support notification is much less annoying.
This latest pop-up message does not try to install software on your computer system. In fact, the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 is over – though there is still an official but mysterious way to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
The entire message indicates that Windows 7 is no longer supported on January 14, 2020, and provide a link to the Microsoft Web site for more information.
More importantly, a "Do not remember" box appears in the lower left corner of the window. Check this box and hopefully Microsoft will stop annoying you. However, if you do not select this check box and only close the window, the lifecycle notification will be displayed repeatedly.
The Bleeping computer has full technical details on how this message works, including the installation process of the update (
C: Windows System32 sipnotify.exe ) and the scheduled tasks that it has created. It appears to be a big improvement on Microsoft's aggressive and misleading tactics, as last time.
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How to Remove the Nags from Your System
This nag message appears as part of KB4493132 , an update that is automatically installed by Windows Update if automatic updates are enabled on your PC. To prevent the Nag from appearing, you only need to avoid installing the update – or remove it if it is already installed. The update is titled "Windows 7 SP1 Support Notification."
KB4493132 was first published on March 19, 2019. It may already be on your Windows 7 PC. However, it remains inactive until April 18, 2019, when the nag messages appear. The fix did not appear on a Windows 7 virtual machine, so Microsoft may introduce it slowly.
To avoid installing the update, simply choose not to install the update from Windows Update. Hide it when you see it. If Windows 7 is set to automatically install updates, you can choose to be notified but not automatically install – or uninstall the update afterwards.
To hide the update, go to Control Panel> System and Security> Windows Update and click on the number of available updates. When you see it in the list, right-click KB4493132 and select Hide Update.
If you already have this update installed, you can uninstall it. Go to Control Panel> Programs> Show Installed Updates, look in the list KB4493132 (you can search for it with the search box) and uninstall.
Or even better, you just can not take care of it. The nag will be displayed once on April 18th. However, you can select the check box that says you never want to see it again and close the window. Then you're done and never have to see it again – anyway on your PC. That's the theory anyway. Hopefully, over time, Microsoft will not become more and more aggressive, following the wishes of users who activate the checkbox.
You should upgrade to January 14, 2020
You do not need to flush Windows 7 immediately. It is still officially supported by Microsoft with security updates until January 14, 2020.
We recommend stopping Windows 7 after this date. Windows 7 is no longer supported with security updates. This means that it is more vulnerable to attacks. Windows 10 is already a safer operating system, even if Windows 7 still receives updates. (And yes, you can still get Windows 10 for free if you want.)
This does not mean you need to upgrade to Windows 10. If you have a fairly old PC, you might want to buy a new Windows 10 PC.
If you do not want to use Windows 10, that's fine – you should install a Chromebook, a Mac, an iPad, or just Linux on your current PC. Whatever you do, we recommend using a secure operating system that is currently supported with updates. Although Windows 8.1 will be supported for a few more years with updates, we recommend Windows 10 over Windows 8.1.