From January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates or support from Microsoft, after the software giant announced that support for the platform would end next year.
Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended in January 2015, but Microsoft has now opted to halt the rollout of free security patches for the OS.
Users will be able to continue to operate on Windows 7 once Microsoft has ended its support for the OS, but they will not receive any security, software or feature updates.
"You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks," said Microsoft. "To avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10."
Released in October 2009, Window 7 proved to be a hit upon its release, partly due to the unpopularity of its predecessor Windows Vista, which was launched just three years earlier.
The next Windows shutdown will occur in 2023 when Windows 8.1 will lose extended update support.