Microsoft has sent out the last free security update for the Windows 7 operating system. The KB4534310 contains security patches and critical updates and should be considered the final free update to the aging operating system. Strangely, despite Windows 7 having officially reached its End of Life on January 14, 2020, there are millions of computers still running the operating system. Microsoft has been repeatedly urging those loyal to Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 7, the most popular and by far the most used operating system from Microsoft, officially reached its End of Life on January 14, 2020. What this essentially means is that the operating system will no longer receive any other security patches. Windows 7 KB4534310 is apparently the final update for the OS, and KB4534314 is the last security-only update. Windows 7’s Servicing Stack Update KB4536952 is also available for download.
How To Download The Last Free Security And Critical Patch Update For Windows 7?
Users still running Windows 7 have been repeatedly cautioned to update to the latest operating system from Microsoft, which is Windows 10. Nonetheless, those still running Windows 7, can download the last update on Windows 7. The OS users should head over to Control Panel and select Windows Update. Once the program starts, select ‘Check for updates’ to check for new updates. The list of available updates for Windows 7 should include KB4534310 And KB45343140.
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Windows 7 users, depending on the configuration of Windows Update they are using, might need to install the patch via the Install Updates button. As has been the case, Windows 7 users can also download Windows 7 KB4534310 offline installers and manually update the PCs.
What Does Windows 7 KB4534310 Update Contain?
The KB4534310 is the monthly rollup for Windows 7. It includes security fixes only. According to the changelog, Microsoft has resolved issues with various core components of the OS including Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Input and Composition, Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.
Chegou o fim do windows 7 🙁
Me aguentou reclamando muito e ele faleceu ontem 🙁 pic.twitter.com/hqosDWnA1M
— Zaaad (@zaaadtk) January 15, 2020
Apart from the KB4534310, Microsoft has also released security-only update KB4534314 for Windows 7. It comes with all the aforementioned improvements. Windows 7’s Servicing Stack Update KB4536952 is also available for download.
Windows 7 End Of Life To Significantly Increase Risk Of Using The OS:
Windows 7 EOL (End of Life) means the OS would no longer receive security updates and patches from Microsoft, and KB4534310 is the final or last update. Windows 7 Home and Pro users shouldn’t expect any updates or critical patched from Microsoft after January 14. Microsoft has stopped sending out feature updates to Windows 7 long back. The company had merely supported the OS with security and critical patch updates.
Despite Windows 7 reaching its End Of Life support, there are other ways users of the OS can continue to receive security and critical patch updates. However, there are certain conditions. Microsoft has restricted the availability of updates for Windows 7 to only a certain section of corporate or commercial users of Windows 7. The majority of Windows 7 users who maintain a Windows 7 PC for personal or non-commercial use have been kept out of the update mechanism. Moreover, the paid support for Windows 7 is quite expensive, and the costs will increase every year.
— Ricardo Medeiros (@ric_med) January 15, 2020
Hence those who still insist on using Windows 7 are advised not to use the PC, running the OS, to connect to the internet and browse the web or access sensitive data such as payment gateway or emails. Microsoft has been pushing out a non-intrusive and rather subtle reminder to Windows 7 PCs about the product’s EOL.
Starting January 15, Microsoft is expected to be a lot more aggressive with full-screen warning messages that will pop up on the Windows 7 PC. According to Microsoft, Windows 7’s upgrade notification will show up on in most editions of Windows 7 including Home and Ultimate. Given the seriousness with which Microsoft has remained committed to the deadline, and owing to the potentially dangerous unpatched security vulnerabilities, it is strongly recommended to upgrade to Windows 10.