Do you use Windows 7 or desire to continue to surpass this year? If so, you should be aware that on — January 14, 2020, specifically — Windows 7 Extended Support will come to an end. Accordingly, there are things you need to know and decisions to make.
Present Status of Windows 7
Windows 7 is a reliable desktop operating system for Microsoft users. When Windows 8 came out, the differences were so bare in appearance that most users preferred to stick to Windows 7 as 8 was an outdated system.
According to StatCounter, 41.86% of people use Windows 7. On the other hand, Windows 10 is utilized by 42.78%. So, a lot of people need to figure out what they are going to do before 4 January 2020, if they want their systems to be secure and updated.
What will happen after Windows7 expires?
On January 14, 2020, extended support expires and with that expiration, all the updates end up to your PC. That means your system is vulnerable because the newest, most advanced security updates won't be available to you.
Is it possible to move the existing programs to the latest Windows 10 PC?
For the best possible experience, make a fresh installation of your programs and apps as the Microsoft Store has a variety of third-party apps that can be easily downloaded.
Available to-do-options after Microsoft Windows 7 support expires
If you keep Microsoft Windows 7, then you have options, though they may not be optimal these include:
- Playing with the idea of purchasing an upgrade to Windows 10 and then downgrading your rights to Windows 7
- Disconnecting any Windows 7 PC from the internet, but this means disconnecting yourself from the world, so it may not be your best option either.
- Moving from Windows 7 to another OS, e.g. Windows 8 or preferably Windows 10.
Therefore, upgrading to Windows 10 is simply the most feasible option to consider.
Upgrading to Windows 10
Upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 has various benefits. For a start, because both operating systems are made by Microsoft, so the upgrade process is relatively easy. This means you'll experience the least disruption when upgrading to Windows 10. Moreover, most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well.
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10, go through the following steps:
- buy a copy
- download the installation file
- run it to start the process
It’s nice and easy, and you'll be asked if you want to keep your files.
Reasons why it won’t be right for some people
Upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 is the easiest solution, but there are reasons why it won’t be right for some people. To start, you’ll need to buy a Windows 10 license which can be quite expensive!
In like manner, while Microsoft has done a commendable job of making Windows 10 able to run on older hardware, it’s still a modern and digitized OS that might struggle to perform competently on the old Windows 7 machine.
If you still want to upgrade to Windows 10 and don’t have the required hardware then, you could upgrade your PC. This is quite expensive, as you may only need to upgrade a few components on your computer to enable it to run Windows 10. Of course, upgrading your PC can be complicated, and there’s only so much you can upgrade before it becomes easier to purchase a new PC.
Buying a new machine is another option as you can quite easily move your files and folders to your new machine using an external hard drive.
Last but not least – don't compromise on money and upgrade to Windows 8. Although it's more recent than Windows 7 but that version too enters its end of life stage. So getting the newer Windows 10 is hassle-free as well as feasible to use.
Windows 10 Specs
- Well-designed laid out and straightforward interface
- Clean appearance
- Thumbnail previews allow you to automatically open an item
- Jump lists allow you to quickly access files or documents you frequently use
- Performance allows the system to boot up comparatively quickly
- Advanced calculator converts units and figures out fuel economy, etc.
- Latest WordPad offers more formatting feature
- Upgraded and improved media player and centre
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster processor/SoC
- 1 and 2 GB random access memory for 32 and 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB and 20 GB for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
What to do about your Windows 7 come January 14, 2020?
If you are among those PC users to be suffering from the end of Windows 7 in January 2020, then you have got to decide what you’ll do. However, if you are not yet confident in Windows 10, ask yourself the following two sets of questions and then make your decision:
Do you use your computer to access the internet? If so, do you keep private information or conduct private matters online, i.e. financial or tax information, banking, and consumer purchasing, etc.?
Do you like Microsoft’s OS Windows? Do you want to stay with Windows? If so, would you like something similar to Windows 7 that operates better?
If you answer yes to these questions, then you should consider Windows 10. On the whole, the issue of the January 14, 2020 expiration for Windows 7 extended support is indeed a serious matter!