When Microsoft launched Windows 7 almost a decade ago in October 2009, they made a commitment to provide support for 10 years for Windows 7. As the 10-year mark is quickly approaching, the Windows 7 end of life date has been announced – January 14, 2020. Microsoft did mention that they will always offer us new technologies and provide us newer experiences. So, this means that Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. After this date, users will not be able to call Microsoft for assistance and it’s time for users to think about upgrading their operating system.
What happens now?
Windows 7 is still an extremely popular operating system by many around the world. Although, as with all aspects of technology, after a while it becomes a burden financially and with time and effort to keep the older software updated and patched. The end of life for Windows 7 will result in no technical support, no software updates and no security patches. The lack of protection will pose as a threat for viruses and security risks for your PC. It’s currently not mandatory that you should upgrade to Windows 10, but it is recommended before this date. Making the switch to Windows 10 will result in benefits including security, usability, speed, faster browsers and an enhanced action center.
What if I want to stick with Windows 7?
Even if you’re an activist for Windows 7, there will be limited options in the future as new machines will automatically have Windows 10 installed with no downgrade options. Purchasing a new machine with Windows 10 pre-installed is ideal so that you will not face any hardware and software related compatibility issues. By doing this you will get the full support for Windows 10 upgrades and security patches.
If you don’t want to be purchasing a new machine, rest assured that a simple update process is available. Since the Windows 7 and Windows 10 are both by Microsoft, the upgrade process is quite easy as your files can remain on your PC. Although, a full backup is recommended so that you can recover your data just in case.
If you’re a Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise customer, you’re able to extend the support for your Windows 7 until January 2023 with an additional cost involved from Microsoft.
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