Windows 7 support discontinued from 14 January 2020: What does it mean for me?

Posted by Shohrat Kamalov at

It's the end of an era: Microsoft will cease to support Windows 7 from 14 January 2020. Meaning that if you're still running the decade-old operating system you won't be getting any more updates, bug fixes and so forth. Here's what the plug-pull of the older operating system means.

Will my Windows 7 PC stop working?

No, not at all. You just won't receive any more security updates. Otherwise it's business as usual - as outdated as said business is.

Should I upgrade to Windows 10?

Well, there was a period at the beginning of Windows 10's life - note, there's no Windows 9 to worry about here, it never existed - when it was offered as a free upgrade (until 16 July 2016, so quite a while back!).

If you didn't take that offer up, or perhaps weren't able to due to a work security lockdown then, well, now you have to pay for the upgrade. It ranges from £119 to £339, depending on use-case.

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