Windows 7 “End-of-Life” Date is January 14, 2020
Microsoft has set January 14, 2020 as the end of extended support (the End of Extended Support Means the same thing as “End of Life”) for Windows 7.
According to “LifeWire” ….
“…Though Microsoft says it will support Windows 7 until January 14, 2020… it was already starting to block older machines, such as those using Pentium III, in June 2018. It can block support for any machine it wants at any time, so Windows 7 users should be prepared for that eventuality.”
If You Are Using Windows 7…
After its “end of life,” you can continue to use Windows 7, but you do so at your own risk. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer issue any further updates or security patches for Windows 7. That means newly discovered exploits, threats and vulnerabilities in Windows 7 may be developed and compromise Windows 7 systems – even if good security software is in place. In short, after Windows 7 “end of Life”, Windows 7 systems will become increasingly vulnerable as time passes.
Also, as we’ve seen in the past with Windows Vista and Windows XP, software vendors stop updating software – or stop making software – for unsupported operating systems. Over time those who continue to use Windows 7, will find it harder and harder to find new and/or updated software for it.
As we saw with Windows Vista and Windows XP – antivirus software vendors were among the first to stop making software for unsupported operating systems.
Why? Because good security software partly relies on Microsoft providing patches for major exploits, threats, and vulnerabilities as they are discovered. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be releasing security patches or updates for Windows 7. This makes it increasingly difficult for security software vendors to completely provide effective protection.
If you are still using Windows 7 still have time to make a decision. As of today, Windows 7 users can still upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. See this page.
In most cases, Windows 7 users should not have any problems upgrading to Windows 10 should they choose to do so. However, upgrading an older Windows 7 computer with older, and possibly outdated hardware, may not be possible. If those using Windows 7 PCs with incompatible or outdated software try to upgrade, the upgrade will fail, however the update will be reversed and the computer will revert back to Windows 7.
If you’re still using Windows 7 you still have plenty of time to make a decision and plan a course of action. We just want to make sure all Windows 7 users are aware that the “End of Life” date for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020.