Microsoft To Stop Windows 7 Support: Things You Must Know
Microsoft announced in June that is is going to phase out Windows 7 by January 14, 2020. This means that from next year, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 for both laptops and desktops. The security updates will also stop.
As Windows 7 despite being released 10 years ago is still quite popular among consumers and this news is going to cause some concerns. It is now clear that Microsoft is pushing folks to fully integrate their systems with Windows 10. As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end. SO, here we are at a stage when Windows 7 will soon be vulnerable to hackers.
So, to help you understand the transition process and how it will affect you, we have compiled some important stuff about Windows 7.
What is the end of Windows 7’s life?
It means that Microsoft will no longer support an operating system or application or come up with security patches. So, by January14, 2020, if you still haven’t upgraded to Windows 10, things can go awry and bugs could develop with your OS. If that happens, you won’t be able to get support from Microsoft.
How popular is Windows 7 among PC users?
As a matter of fact, Windows 7 is still quite popular today. Windows 10 only overtook 7 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. That means, 10 took 9 years to beat 7. Currently, Windows 10 is used by 39% of Microsoft clients as against 37% for Windows 7. In simple term, Windows 7 is being used by more than 1 billion Windows users all over the world. So, a lot of people will be affected by the decision.
Should I upgrade or continue using Windows 7?
The best thing about using an operating system that is supported by Windows is its security updates. The best option is to upgrade to Windows 10. This will save you from hackers who may be able to get access to your system that’s way past its life period. The sooner you make a switch to Windows 10, the better.
So, all versions of Windows 7 will be affected?
Yes, all Windows 7 Versions, like Home, Ultimate and Pro will be hit. As for Windows Embedded POSReady 7, Windows already ended its support in 2016. However, if you’re on a Windows 7 Ultimate for Embedded Systems, no date has been fixed for its demise.
How to upgrade to Windows 10?
Whenever Microsoft makes a decision on OS, it is a big thing. So, whether you like it or not, you will eventually have to upgrade. Most PC makers will soon be bundling Windows 10 into their devices, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7. Besides, there won’t be Windows 7 at retails stores or online stores.
Here’s the good news! If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 10, it is free. However, please ensure that you have a valid license and that your PC that meets all of the requirements to run the OS.
Just ensure that your device has these minimum specs:
Processor: 1GHz process or faster
Memory: 1GB of RAM for a 32-bit installation and 2GB of RAM for a 64-bit installation
Hard Disk Space: Up to 20GB of space
Graphics Card: A screen with a resolution of 800 by 600 or higher, and a DirectX 9 graphics chip
Connectivity: Internet access
Can I keep using Windows 7?
Yes. However, do you want to take the risk as we already mentioned that Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 with security updates?