• Rabia Khan

Ready for Win 7 EOL?

Windows 7 End of Life begins today, January 14, 2020.

The mainstream support for Win 7 ended on January 13, 2015, from that date, Win 7 was on an “extended support” phase.

What to expect?

Starting January 15, 2020, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for Win 7. It will also not offer any help and support if you encounter any problems with the OS. Related services for Windows 7 will also be discontinued over time. For example, support for Internet Explorer on a Win 7 device will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020. Certain games such as Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers as well as Electronic Program Guide for Windows Media Center will also be discontinued.

Can you use it?

One can certainly use Win 7 as long as one want, but that doesn’t mean one should. Your PC will continue to work, but will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

However, Microsoft will offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates to any business users sticking with Win 7 after January 2020. These security updates will cost money on a per device basis.

What to do next?

Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Win 10 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. This will provide you with minimum disruption and familiar layout and interface.

For most Win 7 users, moving to a new device with Win 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today's PCs are faster, lightweight yet powerful, and more secure, with an average price that's considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.

As an alternative, compatible Win 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing full version of Win 10. Check the hardware compatibility of the older machine, as some Win 7 devices are not compatible with Win 10 and might experience reduced feature availability. Recommended hardware specifications for Win 10 are:

Processor: 2 gigahertz (GHz)

RAM: 4 GB (8 GB ideally)

Hard disk space: 160 GB

If you don’t have the required hardware, but still want to upgrade to Windows 10, then you could upgrade your PC. This is a cost-effective approach, as you may only need to upgrade a few components on your computer to enable it to run Win 10. Of course, there’s only so much you can upgrade before it becomes easier and more cost-effective to buy a new PC.

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