The Windows 7 End of Life date has been announced by Microsoft: January 14, 2020 – even sooner for those who don’t download a recent security update. What does this mean? Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after that date.
Windows 7 is a decade old at this point and it’s still incredibly popular, with recent reports from NetmarketShare suggesting that Windows 7 is still in operation on 39% of all PCs worldwide.
The news that Windows 7 will no longer be supported by Microsoft in 2020 means there are many users who need to think about moving on from their favorite operating system and upgrading to Windows 10. If you’re one of those people, we’re here to explain how you can prepare for Windows 7 End of Life. We’ll look at the options you have, and at how you can go about moving to Windows 10, Microsoft’s most recent operating system, as well as alternative software.
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Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.