Don't Fret Over Microsoft Ending Mainstream Support for Windows 7 in January 2015

Paul Lilly

Microsoft updates end of support deadlines for various software

Now that we're well into July, Microsoft felt it was a good time to update its list of products reaching end of support in the next 6 months. One entry that's gaining a lot of media attention is Windows 7. According to the list, Mainstream Support for several versions of Windows 7 will end on January 13, 2015 , though that doesn't mean you need to rush out and grab a copy of Windows 8. Here's why.

After "Mainstream Support" comes another cycle known as "Extended Support," which lasts 5 years (January 14, 2020) and includes "security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support." In other words, as the January 13, 2015 deadline comes and goes, it will be of little consequence to most home users.

As for hotfixes, you'll receive those as well, as long as they're security related. It's only the non-security hotfixes that require an extended hotfix agreement, purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending. It's something for IT admins and businesses to consider, but again, nothing of relevance to home users.

You can check out Microsoft's Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ for more on the differences between Mainstream Support and Extended Support.

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