Windows 7 Support Ends in Less Than a Year
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If you’re still using Windows 7 then you need to be aware that free support ends in less than a year. Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 for free on January 14, 2020, and at that point this popular operating system will become increasingly unsafe to use.

All versions of Windows have a limited shelf life. And while they don’t disappear, a lack of new features and security updates leave them woefully outdated. As the last version of Windows The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! Read More , Windows 10 may be the exception to the rule, but Windows 7’s time is up.

The End of Windows 7 Is Nigh

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. Mainstream supported ended in 2015, but Windows 7 has carried on receiving security updates thanks to extended support. When that ends in 2020, Windows 7 will remain as it is.

Businesses will be able to pay Microsoft for continued Windows 7 support. However, this option isn’t available to consumers. Which means you’ll have to choose between using an unsupported operating system, upgrading to Windows 10, or switching OSes.

With less than a year to go there are still millions of people using Windows 7. Just as millions of people carried on using Windows XP beyond its prime. Microsoft is hoping those individuals will upgrade to Windows 10, but there’s no guarantee that will happen.

While many will upgrade, others will carry on using Windows 7 regardless. And that isn’t advisable over the longterm when with each passing month Windows 7 is likely to get more insecure and more buggy, with no updates being released to fix it.

Start Looking Beyond Windows 7

There’s no need to panic. Windows 7 is still good for a year, and it won’t suddenly become unusable on January 15, 2020. However, Windows 7 users need to at least start thinking about their options, as Windows 7 will soon be old, outdated, and off Microsoft’s radar.

It should be noted that Windows 10 isn’t perfect, which is why a lot of people have delayed upgrading. However, time is running out, so you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 Best Ways to Upgrade From Windows 7 to 10 Before 2020 Best Ways to Upgrade From Windows 7 to 10 Before 2020 Windows 7's end of life is fast approaching. Upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 before January 2020, we show you how. Read More . And if you hate Windows 10, why not consider buying a Chromebook 7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Chromebook 7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Chromebook How do you know if a Chromebook is right for you? In this article, I'm going to explain seven things you need to consider before making a purchase. Read More instead.

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  1. albgamer
    March 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    WINDOWS 10 ! WINDOWS 10 ! STOP!!!!!
    If you guys who you use windows 7 and dont want to upgrade to 10 just upgrade to windows 8.1 and transform it into looking as a windows 7 pc just search on youtube you wont notice a thing. I have been using windows 7 since its firts month of release so it was also hard for me to move but in february 2019 i passed to windows 8.1 and i didnt regret anything just check it you will thank me LATER!!!

  2. Dave
    January 17, 2019 at 9:42 am

    One more step toward subscription based OS hell. Designers now are forced to subscribe to Autodesk $100 a month+ and Adobe products $49+ a month, since the perpetual licenses no longer exist. So why not start your Windows 10 Subscription service today? That computer you bought will now require a credit card payment of just $9.99 Home and $19.99 pro every month to use. And as soon as everyone accepts it as the "new standard" other companies will soon follow. Why not start your Mac OS X 11 Gazelle subscription service today (fyi you're the gazelle)? You know that macbook pro you just paid $3000 for? Now it will only work for a subscription payment monthly of just $39.99 because luxury. Phones? We got you covered. Why not start your new Google Android or Chrome OS subscription service today? Your new phone will only run after you swipe your credit card for just another $12.99. Consoles? Fam, please. With an additional $59.99 a month add-on you can finally run that $500 Xbox SUB you just bought or $49.99 for Sony PS5 OSubscription plans. Using the internet? For just another $5.99 a month we can give full access to Internet Explorer, Chrome, or even Firefox. Hey Alexa, what is open source? "I'm sorry, I can tell you that Dave... for money." Just because a business software model is new, does not make it a fair standard for anyone.

  3. William Vasquez
    January 16, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    This reason alone should be THE reason to switch to a Linux based OS. Now would be the perfect time to dual boot Windows 7 with, maybe, Linux Mint or MX Linux. These distros are not only stable and less buggy, but are the easiest to use for newbies crossing over from Windows to Linux. Since you have about a year to get used to the change, dual booting would be advised. Then, when Windows 7 end of life next year arrives, you will be able to remove Windows 7 completely.

    • DVanKeuren
      January 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

      Problem is, you average user is not going to go that route. For as good as Linux is for techies, it is still a curve for the casuals.

      • Pierre
        January 22, 2019 at 5:38 am

        Yes - those Linux Systems are an Viable Alternative,
        but - there does need to be far more exposure of them,
        as M$ does have an perceived monopoly .. ..
        ie: most folks are Not Aware of any Alternatives.