Extended support until January 14, 2020. Installing Service Pack 1 is required for users to receive updates and support after April 9, 2013. Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system that was produced by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. Windows 7 was primarily intended to be an incremental upgrade to Microsoft Windows, intended to address Windows Vista’s poor critical reception while maintaining hardware and software compatibility. User Account Control popups, and other improvements made across the platform. Major features were planned for Blackcomb, including an emphasis on searching and querying data and an advanced storage system named WinFS to enable such scenarios.