Support for Windows 7 is Ending

Support for Windows 7 is Ending

If you are not aware of Microsoft support for Windows 7 is ending, then now is a great time to make yourself aware of that.

January 14, 2020, is the last day for Microsoft to stop support and then Windows 7 is ending, and at that point, this popular operating system will become increasingly unsafe to use.

Mainstream supported ended in 2015, but Windows 7 has carried on receiving security updates, but after January 14, 2020, that ends, and your Windows 7 will remain as it is.

Businesses will be able to pay Microsoft for continued Windows 7 support, which becomes more and more expensive with each passing year. Also, as an average consumer, this option will not be available. Which means you’ll have to choose between using an unsupported operating system, upgrading to Windows 10, or switching Operating Systems.

Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.

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What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates leaving you at risk for more cyber attacks.

Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.

Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?

Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020 as well. As a component of the Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support life-cycle.

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Can I get free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free update for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.

Does this also apply to Windows Embedded 7?

There are several members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support life-cycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020, and the others follow after that.

Are there alternatives that give me extra time to complete my migration while keeping my users safe?

For users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise, you can purchase Extended Security Updates through January 2023.

For an in-depth FAQ about Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, please download this PDF.

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