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Windows 7 End of Life – What To Do

Last updated on October 17th, 2019

Last call

Mark your calendars for January 14, 2020. Windows 7 will not receive any security updates after this date. This also means that Microsoft customer service will no longer provide any Windows 7 tech support.

Yes, it’s been nearly 10 years since the release of Windows 7, and it will be coming to an end in the near future. We all knew it was coming, but it just seemed to happen so fast. You can still continue to use the beloved operating system, but once support has ended, you’ll be left in open water on the security front–so it is definitely recommended to upgrade. Don’t panic! Upgrading is probably going to be easier than you think.

Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer presenting the Windows 7 Phone concept

Next steps

Chances are that if you’re using a PC that’s less than a few years old (and running Windows 7/ 8.1), you can upgrade to Windows 10 without any issues.

This process is surprisingly simple and streamlined–done through an upgrade tool provided directly from Microsoft themselves. You’ll just need to enter in a license for Windows 10 once the upgrade has completed.

Run a check

So, you’re ready to upgrade but are unsure if your computer can handle it. The best practice would be to run a Windows update check on your current OS, before upgrading to Windows 10.

The system hardware requirements are exactly the same for Windows 7 and Windows 10. You might notice that some apps are actually optimized to run better on Windows 10 as well.

Luckily, Microsoft was nice enough to include some update FAQs to help ensure you have the best experience.

Checking for updates through Windows 7’s Control Panel

Moving on

Contrary to what you may have heard, the learning curve from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is very minute. The GUI (graphical user interface) is nearly identical, and it will be compatible with most heavy-hitter applications from previous years.

Microsoft states that discontinuing support for Windows 7 will allow for them to focus on supporting newer technologies and new experiences.

Ultimately, it is up to you when–or if you upgrade. It is highly recommended to stay up to date, especially to have that extra layer of security. There were nearly 1 million threats released every day according to data from 2015, and we can only imagine what the number has grown to today.

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