14 January 2020 will mark the end of an era, as from this date Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 7. If you don\’t upgrade your software by then, you\’ll lose access to any updates, including new versions of the software.
This may not be cause for concern for many, particularly with Windows 10 now installed on more than 800 million devices. However, Microsoft\’s latest operating system only surpassed Windows 7 in popularity in early 2019, meaning millions of people will still be relying on software that will soon be unsupported by Microsoft.
You will also face similar issues if you\’re still using the 2010 version of Microsoft Office, so it\’s worth evaluating what\’s best to do next. Here are your four main options.
Ignoring the deadline will put your entire PC at risk, so it\’s not something we\’d recommend. Doing nothing means your device will no longer be on Microsoft\’s database, leaving it unprotected against any viruses or malware that you may encounter in the future.
What\’s more, any vulnerabilities that you do discover won\’t be patched at any point, so you\’re very much on your own. Core software, including apps, utilities and third-party antivirus will continue to work, but none of Microsoft\’s own software will be updated.
There is one exception to this – Office 365. The subscription service will continue to be supported, even if it\’s running on a Windows 7 device. Microsoft has committed to offering Office 365 security updates until January 2023, but this won\’t include any of the new features, one of the main draws to the service. Standalone Office suites from 2010 onwards will be supported in the same way.
Buy a new Windows 10 licence
All new Windows PCs come running Windows 10 out of the box, so this is probably the easiest way to upgrade to Microsoft\’s latest software.
However, we\’d only recommend it if you were already looking to upgrade your computer, as a new device could set you back hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
Fortunately, there are a number of great options out there which won\’t break the bank. Check out our round-up of the best budget laptops.
If you\’re looking for the ultimate portable Windows 10 PC, see our best laptop chart.
If you\’d like to ease the transition, third-party software such as PCmover Pro will help you move all your precious files and software with ease. For a limited time, you can get 60% of the RRP of this handy tool. Click here to read more.
The end of official support for Windows 7 devices was inevitable at some point, but choosing one of these options will ensure you are well prepared for the switch to Windows 10.
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