Microsoft quietly announced on December 11th that Windows 7 users will begin receiving full-screen notifications prompting them to upgrade to Windows 10 on January 15, 2020, a day after its plans to officially stop releasing Windows 7 support updates.
Tech giant also announced that Windows-7 users with the following models will be shown only full-screen notification: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.
Microsoft mentioned in a blog post “Starting on January 15, 2020, a full-screen notification will appear that describes the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after it reaches the end of support on January 14, 2020. The notification will remain on the screen until you interact with it. This notification will only appear on the following editions of Windows 7 Service Pack >>Starter.
>>Professional. If you have purchased the Extended Security Update (ESU), the notification will not appear. For more information, see How to get Extended Security Updates for eligible Windows devices and Lifecycle FAQ-Extended Security Updates.
Windows 7 users who have not upgraded will be warned by Microsoft that PCs are more vulnerable to viruses and malware due to lack of security and software updates and no tech support. That doesn’t mean you’re forced to stop using the OS after the day comes and goes, but if you do, it’s going to be much less safe.
Fortunately, if you please, you will be able to dismiss the message permanently or temporarily. Three options will be available to ignore the email, including the ability to remember later, know more, or not recall again. The full-screen prompt stays on the screen until it is accessed by a Windows 7 user.
Do you still use Windows 7? If so, do you have any plans to swap over to Windows 10 when January 14 rolls around? Let us know in the comments.