Ever since it rolled out in 2009, Windows 7 has been one of the most popular operating systems for computers since Windows XP around the world. The OS was Microsoft’s best product to come out in recent years, offering superior performance, ease-of-use and better security updates. However, after 11 years of its long and successful run, Windows 7 is finally going to the grave as Microsoft is withdrawing support for the OS from January 14.
Microsoft had announced this long ago that it will cease all support for Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. Hence, users still stuck on Windows 7 won’t get any software support from Microsoft after January 14. Microsoft is instead urging Windows 7 users to make an upgrade to Windows 10 in order to enjoy new features and continued support. Users can buy a new copy of Windows 10 from the store but there’s a still a way for licensed users to get the update for free.
If you are still using Windows 7 on your PC, then here’s what’s going to happen and how you can stay up-to-date.
What happens to Windows 7 users after January 14?
Microsoft is discontinuing support for Windows 7 after January 14 and that means users won’t be getting any further software support. To the end user, this means no more Windows updates and new feature releases. While that may sound good for those who are annoyed with Windows updates, you should know that Microsoft won’t release any further security updates and that leaves your PC and its data vulnerable to malware attacks, which is a huge cause of concern these days.
That said, users will still be able to use their computers normally and browse the web as well as open applications. Some of the special Windows 7 features such as Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers as well as Electronic Program Guide for Windows Media Center will also be discontinued after January 2020.
What should Windows 7 users do?
The easiest way to deal with the issue is to upgrade to Windows 10, which is Microsoft’s current operating system. Windows 10 will be getting all the attention and support, both in terms of new features as well as security support. A new copy of Windows 10 can be bought from the stores but you should keep in mind the system requirements for the new OS. If you buy a new laptop or a PC, many models come pre-installed with an authentic copy of Windows 10.
Can you still upgrade to Windows 10 for free?
Although Microsoft suggests buying a new copy of Windows 10, there’s a way for licensed users of Windows 7 to get a free and genuine copy of Windows 10 for free.
-Head over to the Windows 10 download page and get the Media Creation Tool.
-Run the app, accept the terms and click on ‘Upgrade this PC’ and click on ‘Next’. Users should choose to ‘Keep personal files and app’ and then wait for the download to happen.
-Once the download completes and the installation happens, users should activate Windows from the Windows Update section and start using the new OS.