Windows 7 A Security Risk, Users Advised To Upgrade To Windows 10

Jan 19, 2017 06:10 AM EST | JP Olvido


According to Microsoft, people still using their Windows 7 operating system are in placing themselves in danger. Windows 7 users are advised to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10 at the soonest time possible.

Microsoft Windows 7 is a vulnerable operating system. A report from The Register claims that Windows 7 is no longer a fit operating system for businesses. Aside from the fact that Microsoft will be stopping support for Windows 7 by 2020, the operating system suffers from security problems and hardware limitations.

Head of Windows at Microsoft Germany Marku Nitschke said, "Today, [Windows 7] does not meet the requirements of modern technology, [or] the high-security requirements of IT departments... Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures."

Businesses, in particular, have been advised to transition to a much more modern operating system as soon as possible. They are the most susceptible to cyber attacks due to the obsolete nature of its security.

Although Windows 7 can still be made secure by keeping it up to date with available security patches, these security updates will cease come 2020 when Microsoft stops support for Windows 7. Therefore, it is better to upgrade to Windows 10 or any other modern operating system before it is too late.

In addition to Windows 7 being more vulnerable to security breaches, the aging operating system does not support the latest generation of chipsets from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. This, however, was done on purposes by Microsoft to push users to upgrade to the more secure and modern Windows 10 operating system.

Research done the previous year showed that there is still 20 percent of people using Windows 7. Window Vista, an operating system older than Windows 7, is still being used by an even larger 28 percent of people.

Upgrades to the Windows 10 slowed down as soon as the free update promo ended. The Redmond-based tech giant is working on persuading users of previous operating systems to upgrade following the announcement of a forthcoming Windows 10 update.

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