Next month, Microsoft will be ending extended support for Windows 7. But what does that actually mean?
About Windows 7
Windows 7 was released in 2009. Mainstream support for the operating system ended in 2015, meaning that no new features were added to computers using Windows 7 after that point. About 20% of computers are still using Windows 7. If you are one of them, you’ve probably received a notification that extended support will end for your computer on January 14, 2020.
What is extended support?
Extended support includes security updates that protect your computer from malware and viruses. This is the major impact of Windows 7 support ending – your computer will be more at risk to the creepy crawlies that exist on the internet.
I’m on Windows 7 – what can I do?
Microsoft recommends purchasing a new Windows 10 computer, as your Windows 7 computer might be slowing down. Check out our previous blog post on Smart Tech Buying if you’re in the market for a new computer!
You can also purchase a Windows 10 license for $140 to upgrade your current computer.
What if I don’t upgrade?
Your programs and computer will continue to work, but it may not be the best experience. You will no longer receive security updates after January 14, 2020, which puts your computer at a greater risk to malware and viruses. Your computer may have more glitches than before, as it is no longer receiving any sort of updates to correct errors and bugs. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Security Essentials will also no longer receive updates on your Windows 10 computer after January 14, 2020.
How can I learn about Windows 10?
The library offers a 2-part Windows 10 Basics series on the following dates:
- Thursday, February 6 and February 13 at 7pm at Noble
- Wednesday, February 19 and February 26 at 2pm at Lee Road
- Thursday, February 20 and February 27 at 7pm at University Heights
You can also schedule a one-on-one Reserve a Tech Expert appointment by visiting heightslibrary.org or by calling (216) 932-3600 ext. 1297 to get familiar with your new operating system.
Farewell, old friend – you’ve served us well!