Windows 7 lives its last moments and we can not do anything about it
The knell has sounded for Windows 7. Finally, almost: it is January 14, 2020, that Microsoft will put an end to the extended support of the operating system. Here’s how to switch to Windows 10 for free or at a lower cost, and finish with hardware incompatibility issues.
Windows 7 is thus experiencing its last year of existence, and those who still want to believe it will have to draw a line on it. Admittedly, the old system has 38.52% of users, against only 39.87% for Windows 10 (source: Netsharemarket ). This is still a lot, but there is almost no chance that Microsoft extends the life of Windows 7. The company has done everything to push the adoption of Windows 10 since its release in 2015 and it is reasonable to think that it will take advantage of the end of the support of its old system to give a layer.
And even if the giant Redmond was to extend the existence of Windows 7, as it has done for Windows XP, the stay would be anyway short. A year or two, at most. It would be backward to better jump, in short. If you have not yet migrated to Windows 10, then it is seriously time to think about it.
But what is extended support and what are the risks?
On January 14, 2020, there will no longer be any “extended support” of Windows 7. Behind these terms are actually the updates made by the editor to the operating system, updates that relate to the flaws of Windows 7 security and patches. Clearly, without this extensive support, the system is left without the attacks of the Web.
So yes, a complete security suite and regular updates of tools connected to the web (browser, email client …) can protect you, but probably not for long. Publishers will eventually abandon Windows 7 in favor of newer systems. And the system will no longer be supported by anyone, leaving the imagination of hackers free to find flaws in the operating system.
As Microsoft says on its website, companies will benefit from an extension of this support and will have the opportunity to use Windows 7 beyond January 14, 2020. But they will have to put their hands in their pockets because for Windows XP, developing security patches requires Microsoft to set up dedicated development teams.
In short, if you are an individual, it is high time to consider migrating to a newer operating system. As Windows 8.1 will also be abandoned (it is planned for 2023), it is not the ideal choice.
If you want to continue to enjoy the Microsoft ecosystem, Windows 10 is the best solution. So here’s how you go from one to another, without losing your valuable data and recover all your software.