Can 0patch micropatches provide long-term protection for my Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 computer?

Mitja Kolsek -

As much as we'd love to say yes (we like Windows 7 very much), you need to know that there will be vulnerabilities and security-related functional issues that won't be fixable with micropatches. For instance:

  • Cryptographic algorithms get broken and often need to be hardened or replaced by stronger ones. While we could disable broken algorithms on your computers using micropatches, it's not possible to implement new crypto algorithms (and all the integration and user-interface support for them) with a micropatch. Without that, you will eventually (although not in a year or two) end up being unable to browse many web pages as is today the case with Windows XP.
  • From time to time, a vulnerability may be found in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 that would require a significant redesign of some important functionality that you can't afford to disable.

Issues like these will accumulate in time and slowly chip away at your computer's security without us being able to help. This is why you should consider our micropatches for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as a temporary solution to buy you more time for migrating to a supported OS type and version.

See also: How long do you plan to provide Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Micropatches?

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