Microsoft to stop extended support for Windows 7: All you wanted to know

Microsoft has decided to end extended support for Windows 7. After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 users won’t receive security updates or support. This is a major announcement by Microsoft considering the fact that almost one-third of the total number of systems in the world are still using the nearly decade-old OS. Experts believe the number of businesses using the OS could be even higher.

Though Microsoft had stopped offering mainstream support for the OS in 2015, users were still getting extended support services such as bug fixes and updates; however, no new features were introduced.

After the deadline of 14 January 2020, users won’t get any services. Once the service is discontinued entirely, software vendors too will stop supporting Windows 7, which means users won’t be able to use many applications.

A study suggests that around 36 percent of PC users are using Windows 7. That said, Windows 10 with a current usage share of around 39 percent is slowly catching up. For corporates, the usage share of Windows 7 is even higher. Studies suggest that around 43 percent of businesses still use the OS.

Microsoft has already announced that after stopping support for Windows 7, it intends to discontinue extend support for Windows 8 in 2023.

Windows 7 FAQs

What next for Windows 7 users?

This is obviously not the end of the road for Windows 7 users, who can upgrade to Windows 10 given the condition that their PC fulfills OS requirements. To be able to run Windows 10 a system must have

  • A 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Up to 20 GB hard disk space
  • A screen resolution of at least 800×600
  • At least 1 GB RAM

For a seamless experience, Microsoft recommends opting for a new system with Windows 10. Devices with Windows 10 include a number of features such as Cortana, Touchscreen, and Windows Hello.

Can I continue using Windows 7 after the deadline?

Yes, you can; however, this is not advisable as failure to update will increase your system’s vulnerability to malware and other security risks. Though your OS will continue working, you will stop receiving security and other updates.

Is there a free upgrade to Windows 10 available?

Users who purchase Microsoft 365 Business get free upgrades, but they must have Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.

Will Windows Explorer work on Windows 7 systems after January 2020?

No. Internet Explorer is a component of Windows OS and will stop working on Windows 7 systems after 14 January, 2020.

Would I be able to install Windows 7 after 14 January 2020?

You can still install Windows 7 after Microsoft stops offering extended support. That said, to avoid security threats, it is advisable that you upgrade to Windows 10.

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