Windows 7 – End of Life – What does this mean?

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, but extended support won’t end until January 14, 2020.

Mainstream support and extended support define the amount of time Microsoft gives for its Windows operating systems – essentially, expiration dates.

When your computer’s operating system is within the mainstream support period, it means Microsoft is still taking care of that version. By taking care, we mean providing security updates for any bugs that emerge, releasing design changes and warranty claims, for example.

Microsoft usually ends mainstream support five years after the release of an operating system, which then pushes it into extended support. This period usually runs for another five years too, but you get less support. Essentially it means the company stops adding new features and ends complimentary support for that version of Windows. But it still provides bug fixes and patches.

What does end of support mean? What are my options?

If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide the following support for your business.

No technical support
No software updates
No security updates

Obviously, one option is to purchase a new computer or laptop with Windows 10 already installed and activated – you just will need to back up your data and reinstall all your programs. This may be a good choice if your current computer is about due for replacement anyway – but what if your computer is still plenty powerful and you rather not spend hundreds or thousands of dollars?

You may be able to upgrade your current licensed Windows OS to Windows 10 via the Microsoft media Creation Tool here:

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