Microsoft’s Windows 7 program finally ends January 14th, 2020. Tech giant stopped all funding for its ten-year-old operating system that ended existence. That means you will be vulnerable to bugs if you are still using it, and any issues that occur won’t be fixed.
“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10.”Mentioned on Microsoft Offical Document.
It is the operating system that millions of people don’t want to switch to. Just like users of Windows XP who had shunned Windows Vista, Windows 7 shunned Windows 8.
The actual upgrade cycle only started once Windows 10 showed up, helping to sell PCs along the way. And in a clear relation to Windows XP, although most users have switched to Windows 10 many companies still stick to Windows 7.
On January 13, 2015, Microsoft actually ended mainstream support for it, which meant that new features had stopped being introduced, and warranty statements no longer valid.
Nevertheless, the operating system was still patched and modified during the extended support period that Windows entered after its mainstream support ended to ensure security issues and bugs are addressed.
What should you do with your Windows 7 PC?
Windows 7 computers will still operate after 14th January 2020, but they will become less and less stable.
- Microsoft is urging people to move to a new operating system, Windows 10, which it sells for £ 120.
- Windows 10 can be enabled on old PCs but Microsoft advises it may not be running smoothly.
- PCs need a 1GHz processor, 16 GB of hard drive space, and 1 GB of RAM memory to run Windows 10.
That said, if you use your PC offline, Windows 7 users do not need to update.