Windows 7 End of Support Notification Arrives

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows, Windows 10 with 25 Comments

As promised, Microsoft has begun warning users of Windows 7 that support for the system ends on January 14, 2020, less than 10 months from now.

“After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end,” the notification, which displays an ancient-looking and bulky Windows laptop, reads. “January 14, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know that change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you back up your files and prepare for what’s next.”

A button on the notification links to Microsoft’s new Windows 7 website and offers more information. And yes, there is a small but clear “Do not remind me again” link as well.

Unfortunately for those individuals using Windows 7, there’s not much you can do beyond purchasing a new computer: Microsoft is no longer offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 for various reasons, including that most PCs that came with Windows 7 when new will offer a non-optimal experience or are, in some cases, unsupported.

So Microsoft offers a three-step plan for moving past Windows 7: Back up your files and photos, check out the latest PCs and pick one that is right for you, and then learn more about Windows 10. If I might be so bold, buying my Windows 10 Field Guide is a decent investment for Windows 7 upgraders as well.

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