Microsoft has announced the date for Windows 7 End of Life: January 14, 2020. This means Microsoft will no longer update or support the operating system after that date.
Even the CPU manufacturer’s, AMD and Intel, no longer support Windows 7 and in some cases even prevent Windows 7 from being installed when using their newest processors.
While Windows 7 is now several years old – it launched on July 22 2009 – it still remains incredibly popular, with a recent report by Netmarketshare suggesting that Windows 7 is still in use on 39% of PCs.
So the news that Windows 7 will soon no longer be supported by Microsoft means there are a lot of users out there who need to start thinking about finally moving on from the trusted operating system.
Most Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC’s can be easily upgraded to Windows 10. We also offer new Windows 10 installations using the latest version of Windows 10. Come see us.
Why We Have Changed Our Opinion On Windows 10
Up until the last couple of months we have always recommended staying with the original operating system which came on the computer. Most other PC techs that I have talked with over the last few years also agreed with this.
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be released on July 29, 2015 and that they would also be offering a free upgrade for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. Many people jumped right on this offer without first checking it out.
The deal is that this first version of Windows 10 had some bugs and issues in it which caused many computers to crash or not perform correctly. Sometimes these problems would not happen until months or maybe a few years later. We had a ton of these computers in for repair. So we always recommended taking these computers back to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 depending on what they originally had for an operating system.
Since 2015, Microsoft has released 7 different versions of Windows 10, and with each newer version there were fixes for issues and problems found with the older versions.
Now with the following message from Microsoft:
Support for Windows 7 and Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. 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. ...
I decided to work more with Windows 10 and have now leaned how to streamline it and make it perform better and faster. And we now install the latest version of Windows 10 which includes all fixes found so far.
In conclusion, if you wish to stay with Windows, Windows 10 will be your only option. Linux is also available for some people’s needs.