If you are a diehard Windows 7 fan who has never upgraded to the newer versions of the operating system, then there’s some bad news – Microsoft have announced its End of Life date as January 14th, 2020. Or sooner, if you don’t download the recent security update. So how do you prepare for Windows 7 end of life?
Once the January date comes around, Windows 7 will no longer be in the ‘extended support’ phase. This means that Microsoft will no longer offer updates and patches for it to allow them to concentrate resources on newer systems. Mainstream support for this version actually stopped back in 2015.
This doesn’t mean that Windows 7 will stop working but it does mean you won’t be able to get help if there are problems and new security features won’t be applied to it. This could make it a target for viruses and other malware, so an upgrade is definitely the best approach.
Upgrading to Windows 10 is the best option because both systems are made by Microsoft and have many similar features that means upgrading will cause the minimal disruption. Always back up all of your files before making the change and get help if you are uncertain about any aspect of the switch.
You can also look at changing to something like Linux, an open-source software that is free to use. There are a huge number of different versions available with Ubuntu being a popular one and Mint being quite similar to Windows 7. There are some differences and some apps won’t work with Linux so you may want to chat with an expert before making a switch.
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