Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 officially on January 14, 2020, leaving millions of computers vulnerable to malware attacks. It has dropped the technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update to almost 30% of the computers running Windows worldwide.
Microsoft had been notifying users about ending Windows 7 support throughout all of 2019 and a fullscreen notification appeared on their systems warning them about the end of life of Windows 7. Similar to the previous versions of Windows, Microsoft is still offering Extended Security Updates(ESU) until January 2023 for Volume Licenses. However, the prices double each year, and an estimated 3 years of ESU will cost (175-350)$ as per the edition.
Why Windows 7 is still preferred by the users?
Windows 7 was a stable and reliable Operating System. It has a functional, familiar and extremely customizable interface. Some programs even require Windows 7 or older for it to run properly. The windows search also retrieves a result that makes sense rather than a random search result from Bing.
Downsides of Sticking with Windows 7
Besides lacking the latest security updates, Windows 7 won’t have Windows 10 features such as:
1. Device Guard
2. UEFI Secure Boot
3. Windows Hello
While gaming performance is similar between Windows 7 and 10, the boot time between them is significantly different. Windows 7 requires almost twice as much time to boot. Software, as well as hardware, are slowly dropping support for Windows 10. Therefore, although you can get updates for around 3 more years which costs more than a Windows 10 license, you might be able to upgrade for free anyway.
How to upgrade from Windows 7 for free?
Although Microsoft provided a free upgrade to Windows 10 back in 2015, there is still a way around getting Windows 10 to work in your systems. Here is what you can do to upgrade your PC from Windows 7 to 10.
- Users can download and run the Microsoft’s official upgrade utility from Microsoft.
- Then, Choose Upgrade this PC now.
- To activate Windows, enter the existing product key.
- Once upgraded you will have a digital license to Windows 10.
Or, you can simply go through this detailed video guide.
However, if Windows 10 is not your taste, there are still some other options like:
1. Mac OS
3. Windows 8.1
In conclusion, you will still be able to use the clean and interactive UI from Windows 7 if you are willing not to connect to the internet. In other words, say goodbye to hardware or software upgrades if you want to keep using Windows 7. However, we recommend you to upgrade your PC as soon as possible.