Microsoft starts nagging Windows 7 Pro users about end of support


Microsoft will soon begin nagging users running Windows 7 Professional to remind them that the operating system is soon to be shelved.

“We are now extending the notifications … to Windows 7 Pro[fessional] devices to ensure our customers are aware of the end of support for Windows 7 and can take action to remain productive and secure,” says an Oct. 15 update to a company blog post first published in March.

The original post confirmed that Microsoft would push notifications to Windows 7 systems in the months ahead – reprising a move it made in 2014 prior to Windows XP’s retirement – but at the time, the company said nothing about limiting the on-screen alerts to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Like those earlier nags, the ones showing up on Windows 7 Professional PCs should include a way to reject future notifications and a button that leads users to more information.

The April nag and this month’s nag for Windows 7 Professional were delivered to systems via the update identified as KB4493132. One way to eliminate the nag is to uninstall the update marked as that KB.

As late as July, the support document associated with KB4493132 claimed that the nag would “not install on devices running Professional and Enterprise editions of Windows 7 as well as Windows Server products” because the “update is not applicable for devices in managed organizations.”

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