The End is Near for Windows 7. Are YOU Prepared for it?
Windows 7 reaches its End of Life phase on January 14, 2020, which means Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system.
It also means Microsoft likely won’t offer help or support when you’ll inevitably encounter problems.
This doesn’t mean Windows 7 will stop working on January 14, 2020 – you’ll still be able to use Windows 7. However, just because you can use Windows 7 in its End of Life status, doesn’t mean you should.
The main issue with using Windows 7 is that it won’t be patched or supported, and this leaves you extremely vulnerable to any new and ongoing threats.
Even more, if a large number of people continue to use Windows 7 after the End of Life date; that could be a large motivation for malicious hackers to target Windows 7.
Also, while Microsoft has done a great job of making Windows 10 run on older hardware, it’s still a newer operating system that might struggle to work well on your old Windows 7 computer.
The rule of thumb is that if your computer is over 4 years old, you should replace it as opposed to upgrading to Windows 10.