If you are not aware of Microsoft ending support for Windows 7, then it’s about time you make yourself aware of that. January 14, 2020 is the last date & Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7, 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 Jan 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, this option isn’t available to consumers. Which means you’ll have to choose between using an unsupported operating system, upgrading to Windows 10, or switching OSes.
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.
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.
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.
Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle.
Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade 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.
There are a number of members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support lifecycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter.
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.