Microsoft announced the cancellation of the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 7. This announcement was made on January 8, 2023. Windows 7 was released back in 2009 as a fix to the glitchy Windows Vista.
Over the years, Windows 7 remained popular with users highlighted by the not quite as popular Windows 8 and 8.1 as well as some of the limiting system requirements of Windows 10 where older hardware would sere best running on Windows 7.
In spite of its popularity, Windows 7 does come with a few issues even though there are proprietary and community fixes available. The most notable include lack of out-of-box compatibility with certain file formats, lack of advanced security features, and poor support of SATA/PCIe SSDs.
Microsoft cancelled security support at the beginning of 2020 this announcement that the Windows 7 Extended Security Update program meant the receiving of some critical updates and vulnerability fixes will not happen now. For this reason it is recommended and it is probably time to upgrade to a more modern OS like Windows 11 or switch to Mac or the preferred Linux distros.