Windows 7 End of Life
Support for Windows 7 ends January 14, 2020
Over the next few weeks, millions of PC users will receive pop-up messages from Microsoft informing them that the Windows 7 operating system will reach the end of its life in January 2020.
When Does Windows 7 Support End?
Microsoft actually ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015, which meant new features stopped being added, and warranty claims were no longer valid.
However, during the extended support phase, which Windows 7 entered after the end of its mainstream support, the operating system has still been patched and updated to make sure security issues and bugs are fixed.
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide critical security updates to the Windows 7 operating system. It is important that you upgrade to a newer operating system, such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.
What Does “End of Life” Mean?
“End of life” is the date after which an application is no longer supported by the company that makes it. After Windows 7 “end of life,” your computer will still start and run with Windows 7 installed but the lack of any updates will cause your PC to become much more vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and other malware. New computer viruses and other malware are developed all the time and, without the security updates to fight them off, your data and your system are extremely vulnerable.
By continuing to use an operating system that is no longer supported, you do so at your own risk. Antivirus software (such as Norton) works in conjunction with the security updates that operating systems (such as Windows 7 or Windows 10) release on a regular basis. Antivirus software alone may not be enough to protect you from the increased risk of vulnerabilities.
Support for Internet Explorer is Also Ending
Additionally, support for Internet Explorer will also end. As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the same lifecycle of the operating system that it is installed on. If you use Internet Explorer (the blue “e”) as your preferred internet browser, consider switching to Google Chrome or Firefox to keep your internet activity safer and more secure from vulnerabilities.
Windows 10 has upgraded Internet Explorer to a new version called Microsoft Edge. This browser is supported with the latest security and feature updates.
What Should You Do?
If you use Windows 7, Microsoft will begin to deliver notifications throughout the remainder of 2019 with recommended actions to take ahead of Windows 7 end of support. These notifications were included in a recent update. The notifications come directly from Microsoft and look like this:
It is recommended that you either upgrade your current PC to Windows 10 or purchase a new computer with Windows 10 already installed.