On January 14, Windows 7 operating system reached the end of
support and Microsoft is advising users to upgrade to Windows
10 for regular updates. Yesterday, Microsoft also shipped
Windows 7 KB4534310, the last quality update with important
Starting today, some installations of Windows 7 have begun to
show the full-screen upgrade notifications on the desktop. The
message, which will not disappear automatically, warns users
that Windows 7 no longer receives support. It also encourages
users to upgrade to a newer and supported operating system.
The notification showed up on our PC one day after Microsoft
released the last batch of security updates for Windows 7. Our
finding revealed that Windows 7 upgrade warning is associated
with a program called ‘EOSNotify’, which was installed
automatically with KB4530734 update in December.
According to Microsoft, Windows 7 full-screen upgrade warning
is displayed on all editions of the OS including Home Basic,
Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate.
A full-screen pop-up is likely to annoy a lot of people, so
Microsoft has added an option to block the upgrade messages. If
you don’t dismiss the message, you can expect to see it a
handful of times in a week.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the pop up explains
that official support for Windows 7 has ended, and it offers
advice on what users need to do for regular updates. If you
click on ‘Remind me later’, the warning will reappear next day
but ‘Don’t remind me again’ dismisses the warning permanently.
Advanced users can also modify EOSNotify settings with Windows
Registry Editor to block the notifications.
It’s also worth noting that notification may not be displayed
on PCs that are part of a domain or machines in kiosk mode. If
you work for an organization which has purchased Extended
Security Updates, Microsoft says the warning would be blocked
Windows 7 upgrade warning is being gradually rolled out and it
would start showing up on all PCs in the coming days. Users are
recommended to switch to Windows 10 for continued support, and
the upgrade is still free for everyone with a genuine license.