If you use Windows 7, you need to be aware that Microsoft is ending support for your operating system today – January 14th, 2020. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 7 is an operating system that still has plenty of users – in fact, it was only earlier last year that the market share for Windows 10 moved past Windows 7. Impressive, considering that Windows 10 was released in 2015. But nothing lasts forever in technology, and Windows 7 is no exception.
With Microsoft ending support for Windows 7, the operating system will become much more difficult to keep up and running effectively. Worst of all, a loss of support means Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to security threats.
What Does “Loss of Support” Mean?
There are several things that will happen when support ends for your Windows 7 operating system, including:
- Loss of tech support. Right now, if something goes wrong with your Windows 7, you can contact Microsoft and get somebody to help you with the problem. They can run you through troubleshooting steps and try to get things going again. But when support ends, you won’t have the option of contacting Microsoft about it.
- No more software updates. Microsoft is always working to improve their operating systems – at least the ones they currently support. But once they stop support, they stop putting resources into improving an OS. That means there will be no more updates to make Windows 7 secure and stable.
- Loss of security. This is the big one. There are always people out there looking to compromise Windows operating systems, even ones as old as Windows 7. When you lose support for your OS, it means that Microsoft will no longer be trying to identify threats and upgrade your OS to defend against those threats.
- Loss of compatibility. Over time, the software you rely upon will stop working with Windows 7, effectively spelling the end of your computer’s functionality.
Fortunately, getting support for your OS is easy enough – you just have to upgrade to Windows 10.