If you’re still using Windows 7, prepare to be informed of its imminent demise. This is because Microsoft is planning to remind you of the need to upgrade to Windows 10 using notifications on your PC. Yes, the hated nag screen is making a comeback.
After Windows 10 launched, Microsoft nagged Windows 7 users to upgrade. And because it was free, millions of people did so. However, for those who didn’t upgrade to Windows 10, those nag screens became a source of frustration. And now they’re back.
The End of Support for Windows 7 Is Nigh
To be fair to Microsoft, the company appears to have learned its lesson from last time. These aren’t nag screens begging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10. Instead, they’re merely informing users that support for Windows 7 is coming to an end.
As a reminder, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. After which, Windows 7 users will be on their own, with no more security updates incoming. It’s entirely possible to carry on using Windows 7 after this date, but it’s risky.
Thinking about upgrading to Windows 10?
— Microsoft Support (@MicrosoftHelps) January 12, 2019
To prepare Windows 7 users for the end of support, Microsoft is “reaching out with information and resources”. So, from April 2019, Windows 7 users can “expect to see a notification appear” on their PCs. This is billed as “a courtesy reminder”.
On the Windows Blog, Microsoft explains that you’ll see this notification “a handful of times in 2019,” ensuring “you have time to plan and prepare for this transition”. Thankfully, there will be an option allowing you to stop the notifications after the first one.
Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10?
Microsoft obviously hopes that most Windows 7 users will now choose to upgrade to Windows 10. To that end, the notification will direct users to this page which waxes lyrical about all of the ways Windows 10 is better than Windows 7.
In all honesty, now is probably the right time to upgrade to Windows 10. Even in 2015, there were some compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10. And because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows ever, this should be the last time you have to upgrade.
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