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[–] Disappointed 0 points 54 points (+54|-0) ago 

Thanks for your warm welcome.

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[–] Disappointed 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Yea, Ive used both for a long time. It's all about what you can get out of each operating system.

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[–] 1822524? 2 points 18 points (+20|-2) ago 

Microsoft has already demonstrated a willingness to push "windows updates" that are not windows updates, but marketing materials and telemetry onto Windows 7 computers, that have NOTHING to do with improving the functionality, security, efficiency, or reliability of Windows 7. I think it's time to look for an exit strategy ASAP, and in the meantime, scrutinize each and every update to determine if it's legitimate, or potentially unwanted pushes.

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[–] joethebob 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Microsoft has already demonstrated a willingness to push "windows updates" that are not windows updates, but marketing materials and telemetry onto Windows 7

Realistically they've been doing that as far back as XP at least.

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[–] HowAboutShutUp 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

I think it's time to look for an exit strategy ASAP

Not to be a negative nancy but good luck with that. The majority of non specialized users are happy to trade their data to microsoft in exchange for the enhanced features, just like they're okay with putting the majority of their waking lives on facebook.

Setting that aside, I have yet to see a viable alternative present itself, and linux sure as hell isn't it, especially not while everybody developing for it outright refuses to do stuff like settle on a stable ABI/API set and adhere to useful standards and an end-user focused HIG so that functional, useful software can be developed. Basically, linux would have to stop being developed by nerds for nerds.

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[–] 1834112? 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Linux for the desktop is making great strides. Yeah we hear that again and again, but seriously, Windows-ish desktop Linux distributions are increasing. The closest thing to a universal Linux distribution is Mint, by virtue of marketshare. Even genuine Windows has fragmentation, with traditional desktop, Win8, and now Win10 variants.

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[–] LemonRose 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Hopefully long enough for windows to develop a new version that isn't horrible.

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[–] AntigravityHat 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

And Windows XP's EOL was a year ago, so businesses are probably working on transitioning. According to the windows lifecycle sheet we only have 5 more years in 7 so it's possible it could be skipped.

Edit: just noticed I used extended support for reference, not sure if that changes things or not

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[–] awshidahak 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Daatsit Iaaam moovig 2 linxu rite naooooooo n nooone can stop mea not micro$hafts
(thanks for the welcome :)

Realistically, I think we've got another 5 years on Windows 7, unless Microsoft releases an update that breaks it somehow. I'm not sure they'd get away with it, but we'll see how long they get away with still phoning home after the tracking options are supposedly turned off in Windows 10. This figure will also depend somewhat on how popular Windows Store apps get, now that they have a desktop mode.

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[–] awshidahak 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

My fear is that I'm afraid I'll accidentally download the update while installing legit security patches due to me not paying attention to the news at the right moment.

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[–] nm96 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Until 2020.. After that you have four options:

  1. Switch to Windows 8 and use that for three more years.

  2. Continue to use an extremely vulnerable Windows 7 (or 8 if you did #1).

  3. Move on to Windows 10/11/whatever and pretend you're not being spied on.

  4. Install Linux.

I would recommend doing #4 now, but something tells me that wouldn't go down well.

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[–] CptCmdrAwesome 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Wow I had to scroll quite far down before I saw anyone mention the actual support lifecycle ...

It's also worth mentioning to NOT install any Windows Update that references "upgrading to a newer version of Windows".

Just as with XP they will (unwittingly or otherwise) continue to make life increasingly uncomfortable for those who do not share their view of which version of Windows they should be running.

This has already brought about increased interest in Linux on the desktop, but as with previous opportunities (Vista, Win8, etc) it remains to be seen whether a fragmented desktop Linux community can really capitalise on this.

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[–] farmer- 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'd also like to give a warm welcome to the Linux shitposters.

came here to say that my girlfriend's windows 7 is slowing down and becoming increasingly buggy. I'm actively trying to convert her sweet ass to linux. yall should do the same before microsoft activates their killbots ;)

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[–] Foul_Knave 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Uses Linux

Says he has a girlfriend

Nice try

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[–] farmer- 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Dude, stfu. My waifu will kick your fuckin ass for saying that about her

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[–] farmer- 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

lmao have you used cortana yet? security and privacy issues aside, im genuinely interested to see how that function is working

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[–] 1822966? 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

In the past month, I've noticed Windows 7 is becoming sluggish, and I know it's not anything I did, and it's not malware. I'm convinced it's part of Microsoft's windows updates that either inadvertently, or by design, impair the performance of Windows 7.

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[–] Cuddlefluff 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Is your computer a laptop?

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[–] purr 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I think it's just an inherent property of Windows. It seems to slow down with time. I've never had that issue with Linux though.

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[–] Lilgreen13 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Good luck with that. My husband already has Windows 10 and thinks I am just paranoid.

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[–] farmer- 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Did you start trying to convince him before or after wearing your tinfoil hat? I found that before makes you seem less crazy

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[–] 1822592? 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

About 30 more minutes. Then I'm going to bed.

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