Microsoft Set To Push An Interstitial Nag Screen To Windows 7 Hold-Outs In January
More importantly, supporting Windows 7 for this long consumes company resources that could be otherwise spent on more important things -- like maintaining Windows 10 and its successors. With this in mind, Microsoft has set a January 14th, 2020 end date for Windows 7 extended support. At that point, the only enterprise customers that pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will continue to receive updates -- and even then, only until 2023.
With this in mind, Microsoft is going to make things a little bit more annoying for stubborn Windows 7 users starting on January 15th, 2020. Customers will then see a full-screen nag notification. This is change from the standard pop-up that has been bugging users since earlier this year seen in the image above.
Although Microsoft hasn't provided an image of what this new full-screen pop-up will look like, it says that it will explain "the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after it reaches end of support on January 14, 2020" and that it "will remain on the screen until you interact with it."
According to Microsoft, theses editions of Windows 7 will begin seeing the pop-ups on January 15th:
- Windows 7 Starter
- Windows 7 Home Basic
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
The only users that will escape the pop-ups will be Windows 7 Professional systems that are enrolled in ESUs. Microsoft says that the capability to enable these pop-ups has been added with KB4530734, which was released yesterday.