Microsoft has updated Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released a large batch of cumulative updates to its operating system as part of its traditional monthly “Patch Tuesday” updates. The updates are offered for Windows 11 and Windows 10, but the company hasn’t ignored such honored veterans as Windows 8.1 with Windows 7.

Windows 7 (KB5012626) and Windows 8.1 (KB5012670) updates fix a fairly extensive list of already known problems, including problems with Windows Media Center, memory leaks, password changes, and so on.

As a reminder, support for Windows 8.1 will continue until early 2023, while free support is no longer available for Windows 7. Microsoft discontinued support for the Windows 7 operating system two years ago on Jan. 14, 2020. For enterprise users, Microsoft offers paid extended support for Windows 7. They can receive security updates through the Windows 7 ESU (Extended Security Updates) program until January 2023. The price of this service rose to $50 per computer in 2021 and to $100 per computer in 2022.

Note that according to StatCounter as of March 2022, the combined share of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 exceeds 15% of the total number of Windows PCs worldwide. In Russia, this figure exceeds 27%.

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