If you’re still running Microsoft Windows 7, it might be time to make a change. As of January 2020, Windows 7 support will be ending. Unless you specifically pay for them, there won’t be any security updates or software updates for consumer versions of Windows 7.
If you are a volume licensing customer, Microsoft will offer paid extended support options. You can extend support for a maximum of 3 years (after 2020), but the fee will continue to increase each year. For professional users, the first year will be $50 per device and will double each year until it becomes $200 the third year. For enterprise users, the first year will start at $25 per device, doubling each year until it costs $100 in the third year.
Windows 7 was released in 2009 as the successor to Windows Vista. Windows Vista replaced Windows XP. Just as Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP and Windows Vista, it will no longer support Windows 7. What does it mean that this operating system will no longer be supported? Without support, your computer will not receive security updates to fix any security holes that are found. Without security updates your computer will become more vulnerable to viruses or malicious software. Software developers will also no longer support windows 7 once Microsoft ends support, so any new software will not work, including games, office, web browsers, etc. Hardware manufactures will no longer support Windows 7, so any new peripherals will not work.
If you pay for extended support, you’ll receive security updates (as long as you pay each year). The updates will keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. However, eventually Windows 7 will no longer be supported at all. Consider upgrading to Windows 10. However, not every computer that ran Windows 7 can run Windows 10, so it’s best to bring the computer to an expert to see if it is compatible for upgrading.
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