The End of Windows 7

Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. We strongly recommend that Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 10 by January, 2020. Continuing to operate a Windows 7 PC will, at best, be expensive and, at worst, pose a serious security vulnerability within your network that hackers will almost certainly exploit. In addition to ensuring the security of your network, Window 10 integrates with Office 365. This powerful subscription-based software makes using the Microsoft suite of productivity-enhancing tools easy across multiple devices.

For home users, the only option to maintain a secure operating system is to upgrade to Windows 10 or switch to an alternative OS, such as Linux or Mac OS. Since most of your software is probably for Microsoft Windows, switching to a different OS isn’t recommended as it would be a costly and time-consuming process.

Windows 7 Pro users have some additional options not available to home users. Users that want to continue using the outmoded OS can pay $50 for their first year of continued support, $100 for the second year, and $200 for the third year. Support beyond year three has not been disclosed. Ultimately, this makes maintaining Windows 7 very expensive by 2023.  

On April 4th, 2014, a similar move by Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. At that time, 15% of users ignored the end-date of XP and continued to use the dated OS. Windows 7 is expected to compose 40% of all Windows PCs at the end of January 2020 (Computerworld). This represents a significant portion of the market, and some of them have been skeptical of Windows 10 for some time.

The majority of skeptical users cite issues with patches for Windows 10. Microsoft sends security patches to Windows 10 users and some of these can cause performance issues after being installed. According to Forbes, Gamers tend to be the first (and sometimes the only ones) to notice performance issues. Some have noted that a recent update caused games to lag when the mouse was moved. Whenever a bug is reported, Microsoft typically resolves the cause of this issue with the next update. For businesses, it is safe to say that the benefits of the updates to Windows 10 far outweigh any potential issues.

Ultimately, upgrading to Windows 10 is your best option.  

So, how will Microsoft convince Windows 7 users that they should upgrade to Widows 10? Starting April 14th, users will see popups that alert them of the impending end to Windows 7 support. Once a month, until January 14th, users will be reminded to upgrade. Systems that are managed by enterprise IT professionals using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) will not be shown the prompts. Administrators can remove the prompts by modifying the Windows registry or setting a group policy.

Another simple way to remove the popups is to upgrade to Windows 10.