Windows 7 is dead, now what?

Windows 7

Windows 7 won’t stop working after January 2020 but it won’t receive any security patches making Windows 7 an insecure OS.

Major software providers will stop supporting Windows 7 as observed with Windows XP earlier; apps like Dropbox, Spotify, Microsoft Office don’t work on Windows XP or can you install modern browsers on XP. This also goes for hardware, there are modern CPUs that don’t support Windows 7, as the OS ages further.

Praised by critics as a major improvement over its predecessor, Windows 7 was deemed a major success for Microsoft. Prior to its official release, pre-order sales on surpassed previous records.

Within six months, over 100 million copies had been sold worldwide and 630 million by July 2012. As of November 2019, 27.98% of traditional PCs running Windows are running 7 which still has over 60% market share in some countries.

Windows 7 is Dead

Windows 7 has been the go-to Operating System(OS) next to the undying Windows XP. Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows 7 on 14 January 2020. This means no more software updates or security fixes. patches, or technical support for Windows 7. 

This move by Microsoft would render 35% of users in 2020 and 28% in 2021 of Windows 7 users vulnerable to security, malware, phishing, cyber-attacks, and hacking. The number of Windows 7 users is higher than that of Windows XP when it kicked the bucket. 

All Windows products have two important expiry dates, End of mainstream support and End of extended support. Know more about it on the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy page.

However, Microsoft is offering a compromise to businesses. Companies who want to stick with Windows 7 can pay $350 for extended support until 2023 through Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates program. This is only for companies who couldn’t upgrade and is way too expensive for home users. All good things must come to an end, and so has the Windows 7 era.

Now What?

With the most used Windows OS across the globe phased out, most if not all of them are thinking what do I do now. If you are reading this you sure are one of them.

Unlike the times when there were limited OSs to pick from, today you have a world of options to pick from. It all boils down to Which Operating System Will Best Suit Your Needs?

Upgrade to Windows 10

Don’t hurry there yet, your Windows 7 hasn’t abandoned you, Microsoft offers a free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for users with a valid license. If you were running Windows 7 Home you could upgrade to Home or Ultimate/ Pro to Pro variants of Windows 10. Before jumping on the upgrade be sure to check if your computer’s hardware meets the Minimum requirements of Windows 10

The bare minimums to get Windows 10 running on a computer are 1 GHz Processor, 1 GB and 2 GB of RAM for 32-bit and 64-bit respectively, 32GB or larger hard disk, Graphics card Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver, 800×600 Display and internet connectivity.

System requirements for installing Windows 10. If your machine meets the minimum requirements and is running on a licensed copy of Windows 7, 8, 8.1 you can Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free.

Buy a New Machine

About all fairly new computers have what Windows 10 requires to operate if your machine doesn’t meet the minimum requirements it would be better to look for a new Desktop or Laptop.

There are many Laptops Available for Less Than Rs 15K in the market or you could build yourself a desktop for less. Keep in mind the requirements increase depending on what you intend to put your machine to use for.

Consider Other Platforms

If you have had enough of Windows you could consider moving to an entirely new platform. Top Alternatives to Windows are free or cost a fraction of the price of Windows and Mac for a pricey and premium experience. What are the Top Windows 10 Alternatives?

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