Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009, nearly ten years ago.
Windows 7 was probably the most beloved version of Windows.
Now, approximately 6 months from now on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support of Windows 7.
As of June, 2019, Windows 7 is still installed and running on about 38% of computers compared to Windows 10 which is on 41%. So even though Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 in about 6 months, it’s still very popular. The same thing happened with Windows XP.
In case you are wondering, Windows 8 is on about 6% of computers.
Windows XP is still on about 3% of computers even though Microsoft ended support for it 5 years ago.
And, in case you are intrested, Mac OS is on about 8% of computers and Linux is on 1.5%.
What does it mean that Microsoft will end support for Windows 7? It means Microsoft will no longer release security updates for Windows 7. So, going forward from January 14th, 2020, it will become more and more dangerous to use Windows 7 on the Internet.
If you still have a computer with Windows 7 on it, you have 3 options.
First, you can ignore all of this and keep using your computer and hope your security software will save your computer.
Second, you may be able to upgrade your computer to Windows 10. Upgrading to Windows 10 is free, but not all computers can handle Windows 10.
The third option is to get new computer.
If you are a very light user of your Windows 7 computer, then the option of continuing to use your computer after January 14th, 2020 might be OK. Just make sure you have good security software and a good backup of your computer.
Otherwise, we recommend most people either upgrade to Windows 10 (if possible) or replace their computer with a new one. If you want to know if your computer can be upgraded to Windows 10, you can ask us and we can check your computer and let you know. However, if your computer is more than 5 years old and you are more than a light user, we generally recommend replacing it.