Windows 7 End of Support

Did you know that Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7?

Effective January 14th, 2020, Microsoft has discontinued its extended support for Windows 7. What this means for you is very simple. As of January 15th, 2020, your computer will no longer receive updates that will allow your computer to be secure on the internet. This isn’t a big deal for users who do not use the internet as you’re not able to get compromised. But, once that computer is on the internet, you open yourself up to being compromised. 

Now, keep in mind, Windows 7 first came out on October 22nd, 2009, It’s more than 10 years old. Microsoft announced stopped selling Windows 7 more than 4 years ago! 

Windows 10 came out in July of 2015, it’s already coming up on celebrating its 5th year of service. 

Client operating systems and updatesDate of general availabilityRetail software end of sales*End of sales for PCs with Windows preinstalled
Windows 8.1October 18, 2013September 1, 2015October 31, 2016
Windows 8October 26, 2012October 31, 2014June 30, 2016
Windows 7 ProfessionalOctober 22, 2009October 31, 2013October 31, 2016
Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, UltimateOctober 22, 2009October 31, 2013October 31, 2014
Windows 10 version historyDate of availabilityEnd of service for Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editionsEnd of service for Enterprise and Education editions
Windows 10, version 1909 November 12, 2019May 11, 2021 May 10, 2022**
Windows 10, version 1903May 21, 2019December 8, 2020December 8, 2020
Windows 10, version 1809November 13, 2018May 12, 2020May 11, 2021**
Windows 10, version 1803April 30, 2018November 12, 2019November 10, 2020
Windows 10, version 1709October 17, 2017April 9, 2019April 14, 2020
Windows 10, version 1703April 5, 2017*October 9, 2018October 8, 2019
Windows 10, version 1607August 2, 2016April 10, 2018April 9, 2019
Windows 10, version 1511November 10, 2015October 10, 2017October 10, 2017
Windows 10, released July 2015 (version 1507)July 29, 2015May 9, 2017 May 9, 2017

What can you do?

While you have an abundance of options, the number one choice is to very simply, get up-to-date with Windows 10. Sadly, you missed the deadline for upgrading to Windows 10 for FREE, that ended back in 2016. You can still upgrade your existing computer if the hardware is compatible, and we can help you with that process. 

Direct from Microsoft, Windows 7 will no longer be supported for security update.

You may read exactly what Microsoft is saying about this here.

Microsoft Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet