Windows 7 End of Life: The Countdown Is On
January 14, 2020. Up until that date, Windows 7 is in an ‘extended support’ phase.
- Updates and patches will stop being released for the operating system
- Your computer will be open to viruses and external threats
- Malicious users will begin targeting Windows 7 users as they are a venerable target
- It’s likely that help and support for problems you encounter will stop
- Windows 7 will still work on your machine
Upgrade to a newer operating system (Windows 10 recommended)
- Both operating systems are made by Microsoft the upgrade process is relatively easy
- You can keep your files on your PC
- Minimum disruption when upgrading
- Most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well, and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust
One last thing!
Don’t be tempted to save a bit of money and upgrade to Windows 8. Although it’s more recent than Windows 7, it’s not going to be too long before that version too enters its End of Life stage, so you’re better off saving further hassle down the line by getting the newer (and let’s be fair, better) Windows 10.