The bad news is on the horizon if you’re one of the surprising numbers of people still using Windows 7. Windows 7 support ends January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for Pcs running Windows 7. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.
What does end of support mean?
If you use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide the following support for your business.
How many people are still using Windows 7?
You might be surprised to learn that Windows 10 only became the most popular Windows version in the world at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018, taking the crown from Windows 7.
At that time, Windows 10 captured 38% of market share, compared to 36% for Windows 7, according to Net Applications.
To put that into perspective, there are more than 1 billion Windows users around the world. So, hundreds of millions of people are going to be affected by this change.
How do I move to Windows 10 from Windows 7?
Like it or not, even if you don’t want to move to Windows 10 initially, eventually, you’ll have little choice. PC makers will be bundling Windows 10 into their machines, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7. Also, you won’t find Windows 7 anywhere for purchase aside from eBay, CraigsList and other places outside of standard retail channels.
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10, you can do so free of charge and with a full Windows 10 license, as long as you have a PC that meets all of the requirements needed to run the operating system. That shouldn’t be too difficult, but here’s a look at what you’ll need to get Windows 10 on your machine.
Windows 10 Minimum Specs
Processor: 1GHz processor faster
Memory: 1GB of RAM for a 32-bit installation and 2GB of RAM for a 64-bit installation
Hard Disk Space: Up to 20GB of space
Graphics Card: A screen with a resolution of 800 by 600 or higher, and a DirectX 9 graphics chip
Connectivity: Internet access
Can I keep using Windows 7 if I like it?
There’s no one stopping you from staying with Windows 7 but, you’ll be using an operating system without security updates.
Windows 7 will operate after the end-of-life date, so you shouldn’t see any problems with your computer’s functionality. However, over time, you could start to see more security problems.
In addition to Windows turning the lights out on Windows 7, it’s possible that third-party developers could do so as well. Microsoft won’t force developers to stop supporting their applications in Windows 7 and chances are, if there’s a large enough user base, they won’t stop support initially.
Can I get an extension on my Windows 7 support?
Believe it or not, you can.
If you feel that you don’t want to move to Windows 10 yet or you simply don’t have the time to get away from Windows 7, Microsoft will allow users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise to extend their Windows 7 security updates through January 2023.
Microsoft will charge for extended support but didn’t indicate (in a document about the feature) how much that will cost.
What about Internet Explorer?
Since Microsoft moved to the Edge browser in Windows 10, the company has been eyeing opportunities to do away with Internet Explorer. And at long last, it can do that.
Microsoft considers Internet Explorer a “component of the Windows operating system,” which makes it susceptible to the same end-of-life timeline.
The company will stop supporting the Office 365 ProPlus plugin for Windows 7 and that the company has a whole raft of products they’re ending support for on January 14th, 2020.
You Should Upgrade By January 14, 2020
We do recommend getting off Windows 7 after that date. Windows 7 will not be supported with security updates, which means it’s much more vulnerable to attack. Windows 10 is already a more secure operating system.
Keep in mind Windows 10 will require more computer resources. If you have a rather old PC, you may just want to buy a new Windows 10 PC.