Support for Windows 7 is coming to an end. D-day is January 14th 2020. From that date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support.
There’s nothing to stop you from continuing to use Windows 7 after this date. However, once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. It’s also worth noting that support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 will also be discontinued at the same time.
Now would be a good time to start thinking about moving across to Windows 10.
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Yes. Upgrading compatible PCs is possible. However, they must fulfil the following requirements:
- 1GHz processor or faster
- 1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit
- 800×600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
- Internet access
- Microsoft account required for some features
Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?
Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By buying Microsoft 365 Business, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.
What alternatives are there?
If you use Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise, you can buy Extended Security Updates through January 2023. For an in-depth FAQ about these Extended Security Updates, please download the Microsoft End of Support FAQ
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