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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/25/17
according to Microsoft.. sure..

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/242795-microsoft-warns-windows-7-dangerously-insecure-2017



i replaced my laptop's 6 yr old HDD 2 months ago. and reinstalled windows 7 again..

so using both Windows 7 and Windows 10 (2 laptops)

jumping from Windows 7 to Windows 10 (skipping Windows 8).. it only took 5-10 minutes to figure where things are..

not a fan of the privacy settings of Windows 10 though.. so i disabled most of them

I removed most of the useless apps that i will not be using.. but for some reason . you can't remove Microsoft apps though (like Xbox)


so unless they are giving out Windows 10 OS for free again.. i don't see those people will be upgrading from Windows 7..
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
Lol, failing to entice people to their new product, they tried to strong arm them into it. Getting too much push back, they now resort to fear tactics. No thanks. Not interested in installing software that dials home to send Microsoft everything I do on my computer and information about what I have on my hard drives. Especially when you can't disable the data collection and transfer back to Microsoft. The software continues to send data back even when you "disable" the privacy settings, because you can't really disable them in anything but the enterprise version.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
I do believe that they stopped updating W7... which means that is makes it very easy to abuse issues that are prevalent in the OS. It wont surprise me if what they say is 100% true.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 6/29/17

Dark_Alma wrote:

I do believe that they stopped updating W7... which means that is makes it very easy to abuse issues that are prevalent in the OS. It wont surprise me if what they say is 100% true.


They are still doing security updates on W7, which is still under support until 2020.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/24/17

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Dark_Alma wrote:

I do believe that they stopped updating W7... which means that is makes it very easy to abuse issues that are prevalent in the OS. It wont surprise me if what they say is 100% true.


They are still doing security updates on W7, which is still under support until 2020.


that's the deadline listed for support of Windows 7 support.. but who knows..they might change their mind later down the road..
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
thanks for the warning Microsoft. i'll make sure my next desktop runs on linux or mac os to avoid the dangerously insecure windows.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
I think this article was pulled shortly after being posted by Microsoft because of the backlash from companies and I think support got extended again. Its not an easy task for any company to upgrade to a new OS I been on a few deployment projects in the USA where I used to live I have never seen one go smoothly or finish on time
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thanks for the warning Microsoft. i'll make sure my next desktop runs on linux or mac os to avoid the dangerously insecure windows.


A Microsoft employee saw your post and this is a clip of their response
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
You realize the user interface, etc. being similar doesn't mean Win7 and Win10 are identical on the back-end, right?

It's quite likely that there are numerous security issues in Win7 that can't be fixed with an update because they're too deeply embedded in the OS - it's happened in the past with older versions of Windows.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/24/17

Dark_Alma wrote:

I do believe that they stopped updating W7... which means that is makes it very easy to abuse issues that are prevalent in the OS. It wont surprise me if what they say is 100% true.


It probably is insecure now. That's why I use Linux mint for 95% of everything and windows 7 for the couple games that I can't get to run on Linux.

Stay off the internet with Microsoft its not safe.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
There's no way in ass I'm "upgrading" (read: downgrading) to Win 10, MS.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 3/29/17
Stop taking away features in your crappy "upgrades," Microsoft, amd maybe more people would be willing to adapt....just a thought.

Personally I even prefer Win 8 to the travesty of Windows 10. So they added in a new hybrid start menu? Big fucking deal. I'm going to use a third party replacement either way. But at least windows 8 will still let me be in control of what updates I want installed on my own computer.
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I hate change and I like windows 7
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I'm a user of Windows 10, primarily. Windows 7 called back to the XP fanboys who didn't want to give up XP (despite its time finally being up in the realm of support). I'm not keen on their snipping of personal information but, alas, it's not too difficult to filter it from the firewall (and preventing it from going anywhere).

As for those who are advocating Linux, please don't. Linux Mint has been riddled with security issues since its creation. Mint has (in the past and currently) prevent people from updating their Linux-supported apps due to fear of incompatibility. Mint hasn't ever been much for security, to begin with. If you're running Ubuntu or Mint and haven't actually gone through the process of hardening your box - you're still just as insecure as you were on Windows. But hardening your Linux box is a different discussion for another time, just please investigate how to configure security in whatever distro of Linux you choose.
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Posted 1/24/17 , edited 1/24/17

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I'm a user of Windows 10, primarily. Windows 7 called back to the XP fanboys who didn't want to give up XP (despite its time finally being up in the realm of support). I'm not keen on their snipping of personal information but, alas, it's not too difficult to filter it from the firewall (and preventing it from going anywhere).

As for those who are advocating Linux, please don't. Linux Mint has been riddled with security issues since its creation. Mint has (in the past and currently) prevent people from updating their Linux-supported apps due to fear of incompatibility. Mint hasn't ever been much for security, to begin with. If you're running Ubuntu or Mint and haven't actually gone through the process of hardening your box - you're still just as insecure as you were on Windows. But hardening your Linux box is a different discussion for another time, just please investigate how to configure security in whatever distro of Linux you choose

Mint has 2 versions. The main Linux mint version that is stable and works well but doesnt update non-OS software as much. Its very easy to use and a smooth transition from windows. It can be hardened or left alone and still have much better security than windows.I recommend this because its an easy switch. Once/if people want to try customizing their Linux then there are 100s of different versions they could use that have better security.

The second is LMDE and it has much more frequent updates of everything at the risk of some of it breaking.
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