Most of today computers are bought with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system licensed and installed. But Microsoft Product Lifecycle states that its mainstream support will end on January 13, 2015, which is only 3 years from now. Extended support for Home Premium, Home Basic, Starter and even Ultimate is "Not Applicable" — only Enterprise and Professional have extended support till 2020.
I can not find any information whether this not supported consumer versions of Windows will or will not receive security updates. I'm afraid they will not.
Computers and laptops bought today will almost certainly last more than 3 years - I'm afraid many users will refuse to buy $120 upgrade license for next Windows version for 3 years old computer. With no security updates they will be easy prey for worms, viruses and other security exploits.
- Am I right about this security updates? I'd really need some credible source for an answer — Microsoft web page for example.
- If I'm right then is it sensible to buy a computer with Windows other than Professional or Enterprise even for home use?