The Windows 7 operating system will expire on January 14, 2020. After that, you will no longer receive updates or customer service support. 37% of PC users are still using Windows 7, and they will now have to upgrade to continue using their PCs securely. In this article we will explain everything you should know about Windows 7's expiration in 2020.
What Happens in January 2020
From January 2020, there will no longer be support for Windows 7. This means that the computers using the operating system will continue to work, but will not receive new patches or security updates, and will no longer include technical service. To avoid security problems and incompatibilities, users should upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 or simply switch to another operating system
In response to this, Microsoft offers different solutions, some free and some paid. For example, users of Azure
, Microsoft's cloud platform, can use Windows Virtual Desktop for free, although migrating to that system in the cloud is relatively complex and the most basic users might have a hard time migrating successfully.
On the other hand, Microsoft also offers the possibility of obtaining some extended security updates
, specially designed for companies that fail to update their systems before January 2020. This option will cost "approximately 75%" of the price that the person or company was paying for their Windows 7 license, Microsoft explained:
When to Migrate
Many people will delay migrating, thinking that January 2020 is far away and that Christmas is still ahead. However, Microsoft recommend taking the step as soon as possible
. Unforeseen security problems may occur or the migration might take longer than expected, especially in the case of large companies with thousands of computers.
It's also recommended to carefully decide the operating system you will upgrade to. For now, the company offers a official step guide step by step
that explains how to upgrade a computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
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