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Windows 7 is a major release of the
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on July 22, 2009, and became generally available on October 22, 2009. It is the successor to
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, released nearly three years earlier. It remained an operating system for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops,
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Windows 8
, the name spanning more than three years of the product. Until April 9, 2013, Windows 7 RTM provided content such as security updates, software updates, PC driver updates and technical support, after which installation of Service Pack 1 is required for users to receive support and updates. Windows 7's
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, was released at the same time. The last supported version of Windows based on this operating system was released on July 1, 2011, entitled
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. On January 12, 2016, Microsoft ended support for Internet Explorer versions older than
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on Windows 7. Extended support ended on January 14, 2020, over ten years after the release of Windows 7, after which the operating system ceased receiving further support or security updates to most users, and all PCs that blocks
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on Windows 7 versions newer than KB4499164 released in May 2019 displays a full-screen upgrade warning notification with an information page link starting from January 15, 2020. A support program is currently available for enterprises, providing security updates for Windows 7 for up to four years since the official end of life. However, Windows Embedded POSReady 7, the last Windows 7 variant, continued to receive security updates until October 2021. Windows 7 was intended to be an incremental upgrade to
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, has been released in Europe, but only for sale directly from Microsoft sales websites and selected others.


See also

* BlueKeep, a security vulnerability discovered in May 2019 that affected most Windows NT-based computers up to Windows 7


References


Further reading

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External links


Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Windows 7 SP1 update history
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