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If you have Windows 7 on your computer, your operating system will soon die.
Microsoft will send you a formal invitation to the funeral next month. Technically speaking, it means the company will no longer offer security updates.
So your operating system won't exactly crash and burn, but you will get courtesy reminders that technical support is ending. You should probably click "do not notify me again," or you may want to kill the computer yourself.
The official death date is Jan. 14, 2020. That's when Microsoft will end support, but Windows 7 has been dying for years.
The signs started in 2016, when Microsoft warned that the operating system had serious problems. The company told people they were using it "at your own risk, at your own peril."
Again in 2017, Microsoft said Windows 7 did "not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments."
The company faulted its system for "long-outdated security architectures," and warned any users and businesses using Windows 7 that they were more susceptible to cyber attacks.
Addressing the issue, Forbes writer Gordon Kelly said the rumors were greatly exaggerated.
"Microsoft is taking extreme liberties with the truth and Windows 7 users should not panic," he wrote then.
Instead, Kelly said, users should see it as "a desperate attempt by the company to push users to Windows 10."
Now you may kill your computer.
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