Windows 7 Support Expiring

As you may know by now, on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs with Windows 7. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and Windows 10 was released in 2015. So, it's reasonable for Microsoft to declare an end-of-life for Windows 7.

However, Windows 7 will continue to work as-is, even after January 14, 2020. So, you have three choices:

  1. Upgrade to Windows 10 (there may be a cost to this up to $200 plus labor)
  2. Buy a new computer (especially recommended if your computer was purchased prior to 2015)
  3. Don't do Anything (at some point new applications may not support installation on Windows 7, but that could be months or years and you do risk going without security updates that could potentially make you less secure than Windows 10)

I suppose it could be argued that if there are so many security updates still being released for Windows 7 and Windows 10, then Windows 10 is technically vulnerable. But, with today's technology and worldwide connectivity, Windows 10 would give you a higher level of protection, with appropriate security software as well.

Upgrading to Windows 10 may have a cost to it if your computer didn't come with Windows 7 and Windows 10 activation keys. It will also take some time to upgrade and some older programs or printers or other devices may stop working. If you have many computers with Windows 7, it may be best upgrade one or two to Windows 10 and see how they work out for a few weeks before upgrading the rest. If replacing computers with those that included Windows 10 already, you may want to stagger replacement over several months for time, budgeting and productivity purposes.