January 14 was Windows 7’s last Patch Tuesday, as the 2009 operating system is now listed as unsupported, with no further updates planned in the coming months.
The final update for Windows 7 is the monthly rollup KB4534310, while users who are only interested in security fixes can install KB4534314 – Microsoft typically releases a full monthly rollup that includes both security and non-security fixes, as well as a security-only update; this approach is being used for Windows 8.1 as well.
However, the changelog for both updates is identical this month, as Microsoft has focused specifically on security improvements for January 2020 (this is something that happened on Windows 10 as well, as all cumulative updates include mostly security fixes).
So what you’re going to get regardless of the update you install is the following:
“Security updates to Windows Input and Composition, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.”
Hello, full-screen notifications
Beginning January 15, users running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate will start seeing a full-screen notification to upgrade devices due to the end of support.
“Starting on January 15, 2020, a full-screen notification will appear that describes the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after it reaches end of support on January 14, 2020. The notification will remain on the screen until you interact with it,” Microsoft says.
The notification won’t show up on devices running Windows 10 Professional with Extended Security Updates (ESU) and on domain-joined systems or machines in kiosk mode.
Microsoft promises the notification won’t be intrusive by any means, so once you choose not to see it anymore, any further launches should be blocked.
Users still running Windows 7 are recommended to upgrade devices to Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or a non-Windows platform still getting updates.