Continued use of Windows 7

With Widows 7 browsers no longer updated by Brave, what can I expect to happen if I keep using Win 7 on my desktop…will it continue to work ? will I be less secure ? what is the worse that can happen with my Brave this way ?
I had to many freezes and bugs when I tried to switch my desktop to Win 10.
…Dan

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Try windows 10 ltsc. Its less buggy and less lag. Without unwanted apps…

If problem continues try OGos. Windows 10 unofficial version …

Thanks but I’m in a critical business and can’t afford the downtime and freezes that Win 10 gives me
…anyway I do want to know what my Brave browser will do as I stay on Win 7 Professional ?

https://www.seqrite.com/blog/risks-of-using-outdated-software-os-and-browsers/

Your whole system will be less secure. Windows won’t put out patches to fix security holes. You’ll have to manually update Brave in order to get the latest security patches for it.

First you need to try all OS, apps stopped working soon ,after February you are unable to update apps manually…

So 1st options windows 10. ltsc. …
2nd try ogOS

If not working go to linux for low end system i recommend lubuntu… Best in my opinion

And attention windows 10 ltsc. Is a windows 10 edition like windows 10 home or windows 10 pro. But ltsc. Build for work so its so smooth no memory consuming useless apps…

I am using dual boot system long time window 7 and lubuntu … Lubuntu best in everything so i use for work. , And windows for gaming and other things…
Windows 10 lagging issue came on my old laptop…

But i found windows 10 ltsc. … And tried. Naver lagg …

I am using dual boot now windows 10 ltsc and lubuntu. You will also need to try

I’m going to keep running Windows 7 until my current computer croaks. And then I’m going to buy another Windows 7 computer and run that one until it croaks, too.

I’ve run old Linux boxes with old Linux versions and loved them. And I’ve never felt the need to upgrade just to upgrade.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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i agree! all my the points i made earlier were censored.

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who says it’s less secure now? there are a myriad of ways to protect machines, even if they run obsolete software

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Microsoft will no longer be patching security holes or fixing problems with older versions of Windows. By default, as new exploits are found and not fixed, those versions of Windows will become less and less secure.

If a user has the knowledge and skill to fix those problems or is willing to accept those risks, then there’s nothing stopping them from using older versions of Windows. But most users of those versions of Windows cannot or will not and they will be running less secure software and will have to accept that their machines have increased attack vectors.

The recommended thing is to update to a supported version of Windows or switch to another operating system that is supported, be that Linux, BSD, Apple, Unix, etc.

UNDERSTOOD…now let me ask about this scenario…> if I use 3 active updated malware programs, and only use the Brave browser, and never click on any email links, and don’t surf the net and don’t view U tubes…am I safe or not with Widows 7 ?

If you’re not surfing the net, are you just using the computer for email? What’s the use case here?

If you are online with this machine, you will be SAFER, but I don’t know if you’d be SAFE. You can connect a computer with an obsolete OS and no virus protection, firewall, or malware program and be safe, until someone uses an attack your machine hasn’t been hardened against.

But you could also be on a fully updated machine with a modern OS and a suite of security programs and still end up having your system breached. Your chances will be far less, especially if you have good security discipline.

But you’ll be far safer with the second option. So I can’t say with 100% certainty that you’ll be safe with malware programs and an obsolete OS.

It largely comes down to what you’re doing online, what sites you’re accessing, how good you are about what links you click on, what information you have stored on the machine, etc. and your acceptable limit of risk.

Think of it this way, you can drive an older car that’s not designed to modern safety standards and if you avoid accidents, be completely safe. Get into a collision, you’ll be far safer in a more modern car with up-to-date safety features and is engineered for optimum collision protection compared to a 1970s era sedan with bench seats and a lap band.

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@cynical13 I like the car analogy here.

To answer OP and everyone else weirdly defending not staying up to date — yes the browser will “still work” on Windows 7, but it will not receive updates with, as everyone has discussed above, important security fixes, patches and any new features.

It may seem minor to you, but bad actors are very clever at finding ways to exploit vulnerable machines/systems and a browser without updated security measures makes for a prime target. “Hacking”/attacking vulnerable users is not just shady email links/websites — its finding code exploits in the browser, it’s malicious extensions/plugins installed (or hacking one that was initially safe), SQL Injections, cross-site scripts, man-in-the-middle attacks, etc. Think about all the sensitive information about you, your work, family, financial information, medical information, etc. that you access or interact with in the browser every day and ask yourself “Do I want to put additional risk on these things?”.

Additionally, fixes for any bugs that show up with the browser itself won’t be made available to you — so you may find yourself in a situation where, for example, the browser keeps crashing over and over again and we release a fix for this bug in the next browser update. You will not get that fix and subsequently will be unable to use the browser as it will continue to crash.

In summary: yes, you can still use the browser after it’s no longer supported — no we do not recommend it and strongly encourage everyone to update.

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As long as your device is connected to the Internet, you’re not safe using Windows 7.

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There. Fixed it for ya.

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I’m in the same situation.

I’m wondering how to roll-back the brave install, so it doesn’t continuously update*

It’s seems like the roll-out already started for windows 7 machines, where I’m getting DNS errors with websites. Google too**

That didn’t happen before… just curious if this is happening to others, or if anyone has a solution to using either “services” or changing the registry*

For those of you who are tooting their horns about newer windows systems……

The reason many of us still like windows 7 is because the security and vulnerabilities allow us to do more with the system, and it’s easier to manage than you can with other windows systems where “updating” is built into the norm….

But, how do you know what you don’t know…

I come from a generation where “updates” aren’t always the best…, because they might take tools away that’s are actually preferred due to legal action, etc… A an recent example; for those that use google home… (you might have noticed that your iOS’s volume buttons now don’t control your systems anymore) - law suit… and they “updated it” and took away the feature…

and they call it a “security update” they don’t actually tell you what’s in those packages and don’t give you a choice…. They force it on you… I’m not just a sheep that casually takes it because an authority under the context of “security update” says it….

I prefer intranet systems. Not cloud based, subscription based ones… I believe when I buy something it should be yours… 100% and completely as it is… And, everyone here kinda toting their horn for updates, to a degree, that also means that you also supports a subscription type of life…. I don’t want to pay for heated seats in my car… or having to unlock more horsepower… etc…

And that’s why we prefer Windows 7 machines; because they allowed us pick and choose and build our systems… Microsoft didn’t like it… because we were all still buying new machines and wiping disks and booting windows 7 on them….

If you don’t believe me… ask yourself why Microsoft paid chip manufacturers to write the chips, so they cannot run windows 7 anymore… fact check me, if you think I’m wrong.

I do not understand how anyone could say this. Microsoft keeps an extensive documentation of every single security patch released with the corresponding fixes included.

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there is also another problem, new versions of windows dont support older hardwares

one instance is that, drivers support, i recently wanted to try custom os of win 11 but before installing i wanted to make sure that all of the core drivers,specifically gpu support is being offered for the older hardwares and it turns out to be Big NO, the plan was discarded.

GTX 770M, i still have it for its ability to watch 3d movies natively in laptop with nvidia glass, these aren’t available in new nvidia hardware… Also, older intel processors are better as it supports bluray disc support whereas intel scrapped bluray disc support for new processors…

upgrading will be delayed as situations gets improved and support for older hardwares gets added.

Good enough for now

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You should also try the Ubuntu program that works faster than Windows 10. It even has its own Word, Exel and PowerPoint. It doesn’t block or track you, it’s much better than Windows 10. And, yes, it works differently, but it’s much better.

Exactly. A so-called “upgrade” doesn’t make us safer if a missing or sub-par driver causes a processor to operate poorly or causes bottlenecks around the RAM.

You think a malfunctioning wi-fi or bluetooth adapter isn’t a security risk?

The safest computer is the one that’s allowed to operate as it was originally engineered to operate.

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