Windows 7 is one of the best Microsoft operating systems but in just over 50 days Windows 7 support ends. Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 with security updates on January 14, 2020. It’s like Windows XP all over again—but much worse. Many more people are sticking with Windows 7 than stuck with XP.

End of support is a big deal.

This means no more security updates, which will make Windows 7 systems increasingly vulnerable to attack. Some security researchers believe hackers are hanging onto new exploits until after January 2020 to exploit vulnerabilities in Windows 7 which will never get patched!  So, when Microsoft’s end-of-life date hits, any PC, 2-in-1 laptop, tablet or other device you have that’s running on Windows 7 will be on its own when fending off hackers.

Microsoft’s end of support date will also encourage other companies to stop supporting Windows 7, too. Windows desktop applications will eventually stop supporting older versions of Windows. Software developers always write their programs to run on the latest operating systems, so please don’t be surprised when new applications or updates to your existing applications stop supporting Windows 7. You can’t use a modern web browser on Windows XP anymore, for example.

What you should do?

If you’re still using Windows 7, you’re not alone. According to Net Market Share, 35.63% of Windows users are still using Windows 7 as of December 2018. For those who are using Windows 7, Microsoft recommends upgrading to a new PC with Windows 10 on it. However, if you do have a compatible Windows 7 PC, you could upgrade to Windows 10 for free.  All you have to do is visit this link  and insert your Windows 7 product code while installing Windows 10.

In short, we don’t recommend sticking with a vulnerable version of Windows. Upgrading to Windows 10 gives users full access to security patches and software updates. Keeping your machines updated to the latest versions is just another step to ensure that your business runs efficiently.