• All Community
    • All Community
    • Forums
    • Ideas
    • Blogs
Advanced

Not what you are looking for? Ask the experts!

This forum thread needs a solution.
Kudos0

Windows 7 support ending

On the news today windows 7 support is ending very soon. I have windows 7 on my computer will i still be safe, i have the just renewed Norton anti virus protection will this be enough. Or will i need to buy a new computer with windows 10? 

Labels: Windows 7

Replies

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

At some point, Norton will probably put Win 7 into 'Maintenance Mode' as they have for XP and Vista as noted in this announcement.

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/norton-maintenance-mode-windows-xp-and-windows-vista

For now, your protection should remain as it has been all along.

Just remember that the OS itself will become less secure as Microsoft no longer pushes out any security updates.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Thanks for info

Been looking at bbc news website it said UK authorities warned windows 7 users, not to do internet banking of send emails after Tuesday 14th. I will go to my bank tomorrow to find out how safe it is to go on-line banking and get their advice. 

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

FWIW!! You can still upgrade to Windows 10 FREE of charge. If your computer meets the update criteria it will upgrade with media creation tool.  Use the link provided for doing that. Windows 7 won't be a safe OS going forward as Guru peterweb has suggested. 

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.592 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.9.63 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.22 / Opera GX
Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Looks like i will going out and buying a new laptop quick. Will talk to my local computer shop tomorrow. Now getting worried as i went on-line banking on Tuesday not realizing the support had stopped.  

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

If you had no issues last week, you are not going to suddenly have an issue on the 14th January. So far, Norton would still be protecting you. So your online baking session would have been as safe as it was last week.

But a good idea to be concerned and set your  self up for the future as soon as you can.

Things happen. Export/Backup your Norton Password Manager data.
Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Thanks for the info. I will check with my bank and hope everything is alright. I will be looking into buying a new laptop very soon. I just hope i can transfer my Norton anti virus which i just renewed a few days ago onto the next laptop.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

It really would have been nice if Norton had given users advance notice (e.g., many months ago) that Windows 7 would no longer be supported as far as Norton software updates, instead of dropping a big "Oh BTW" at the last moment.  Fyi, Google Chrome  will continue supporting Win 7 until at least July, 2021, and Firefox probably even longer than that.  Same with many (most?) programs/apps.

I have purchased a Microsoft Extended Support (ESU) license to continue receiving MS Security Updates for Windows 7 for a year, with the intention of moving to 10 by the end of the year.

A couple questions: (I'm particularly interested in #1):

(1)  I had already bought a new Norton key a few months ago, long before my current subscription was to expire, in anticipation of prices going up.  When the remaining 6 months on my current key expire, will I still be able to use the new key to extend my NS subscription (as I will probably still have Windows 7 ESU at that point)?

(2) Does the termination of Norton software updates apply to Windows 7 with ESU as well?

Thanks.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Norton protection for Windows 7 once Microsoft ends its support

Microsoft has formally announced the end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. Your Norton products will continue to support Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

If you are on Windows 7, your Norton client security software will no longer receive the new software updates that the supported versions of Windows (Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 Service Pack 1) will receive.

However, your Norton client security software will continue to receive the latest malware definitions by LiveUpdate, vulnerability updates, and compatibility fixes.

Be aware that in addition to running the most up-to-date security products, another important aspect of protecting your computer is to keep it current with the latest service pack and patches for the operating system.

As Microsoft announced, they will no longer publish patches for Windows 7, these computers may become targets for cyber criminals, particularly if new vulnerabilities are discovered in the operating system. Depending on the nature of the threats involved, Windows 7 may be susceptible to viruses and risks to which more recent iterations of Windows are immune. Due to this, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your Windows 7 computer to a supported operating system as soon as possible.

https://community.norton.com/en/blogs/product-update-announcements/norton-protection-windows-7-once-microsoft-ends-its-support

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Receiving that blog post by email was the first I heard about this.  Again, the announcement should have come months ago, if not more, to give people time to prepare.  Regardless,it didn't address the ability to renew licensing while still on Windows 7, which kind of surprised me.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Ardmore:

Receiving that blog post by email was the first I heard about this.  Again, the announcement should have come months ago, if not more, to give people time to prepare.  Regardless,it didn't address the ability to renew licensing while still on Windows 7, which kind of surprised me.

I haven't followed Windows 7.... long time.  Is SP1 for Windows 7 still offered.  
Does end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 apply to Windows 7 SP1 ?

Blog suggests, by my read, that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is supported Windows version. 


If you are on Windows 7, your Norton client security software will no longer receive the new software updates that the supported versions of Windows (Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 Service Pack 1) will receive.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

peterweb:

At some point, Norton will probably put Win 7 into 'Maintenance Mode' as they have for XP and Vista as noted in this announcement.

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/norton-maintenance-mode-windows-xp-and-windows-vista

For now, your protection should remain as it has been all along.

Just remember that the OS itself will become less secure as Microsoft no longer pushes out any security updates.

Ironically, the big malware alert that the NSA put out (and that I got an email from Norton about) affects only the "more secure" Windows 10, not Win 7.   (Even if 10 is more secure overall, the timing here is kind of ironic and amusing.)

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Ardmore. The NSA exploit that was given to Microsoft over two years ago covers a myriad of Windows versions. It also covered IE installed on those versions of Windows. Have a look at my post in this thread

Cheers

"From DOS to Windows10 what a journey it has been" / MS Certified Professional / Windows Server 2016 Essentials / Windows 10 Professional x 64 version 1909 / build 18363.592 / N360 Deluxe 22.19.9.63 / Norton Core v.288 on Android 2.22 / Opera GX
Kudos1 Stats

Re: Windows 7 support ending

bjm_:
Ardmore:

Receiving that blog post by email was the first I heard about this.  Again, the announcement should have come months ago, if not more, to give people time to prepare.  Regardless,it didn't address the ability to renew licensing while still on Windows 7, which kind of surprised me.

I haven't followed Windows 7.... long time.  Is SP1 for Windows 7 still offered.  
Does end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 apply to Windows 7 SP1 ?

Blog suggests, by my read, that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is supported Windows version. 


If you are on Windows 7, your Norton client security software will no longer receive the new software updates that the supported versions of Windows (Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 Service Pack 1) will receive.

I hadn't even noticed that distinction!  And wonder what to make of it?  For all practical purposes, "Windows 7" and "Windows 7 SP1" have been synonymous for awhile.  Service Pack 1 was an early online update available to all Windows 7 users and considered mandatory.  In fact, when I first started using Window 7 in 2014, it was SP1 (Service Pack 1).  I think Microsoft abandoned  support of "original" (non-SP1) Windows 7 years ago.  So it's hard to imagine the Norton blog was making a distinction there, but that *does* seem to be how it reads.   Some clarification would be welcomed.

Kudos1 Stats

Re: Windows 7 support ending

Ardmore:
bjm_:
Ardmore:

Receiving that blog post by email was the first I heard about this.  Again, the announcement should have come months ago, if not more, to give people time to prepare.  Regardless,it didn't address the ability to renew licensing while still on Windows 7, which kind of surprised me.

I haven't followed Windows 7.... long time.  Is SP1 for Windows 7 still offered.  
Does end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 apply to Windows 7 SP1 ?

Blog suggests, by my read, that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is supported Windows version. 


If you are on Windows 7, your Norton client security software will no longer receive the new software updates that the supported versions of Windows (Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 Service Pack 1) will receive.

I hadn't even noticed that distinction!  And wonder what to make of it?  For all practical purposes, "Windows 7" and "Windows 7 SP1" have been synonymous for awhile.  Service Pack 1 was an early online update available to all Windows 7 users and considered mandatory.  In fact, when I first started using Window 7 in 2014, it was SP1 (Service Pack 1).  I think Microsoft abandoned  support of "original" (non-SP1) Windows 7 years ago.  So it's hard to imagine the Norton blog was making a distinction there, bit that *does* seem to be how it reads.   Some clarification would be welcomed.

Yeah, I've posted query on Guru board.  
Thanks < that *does* seem to be how it reads >.

I thought End of Support for Windows 7 includes Windows 7 SP1.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

SoulAsylum:

Ardmore. The NSA exploit that was given to Microsoft over two years ago covers a myriad of Windows versions. It also covered IE installed on those versions of Windows. Have a look at my post in this thread

Cheers

Per this Jan 14 PC World article: "Contrary to earlier rumors, it does not affect Windows 7, which coincidentally is being shut down Tuesday as well."

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514172/microsoft-nsa-confirm-killer-win...

But maybe other sources show related vulnerabilities that affect(ed) 7 as well?  You've certainly been following this a lot more closely than I.

Kudos0

Re: Windows 7 support ending

After reading the recent replies could explain why i had a problem renewing my norton anti virus on 10th of January. I got a email saying there was a problem which i never had before. But after a few hours the renewal was complete.