Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 as from 14th January 2020 and they are not looking to release any kind of updates after this date. Although Windows 10 has been out for around 4 years, Windows 7 (which was released about 10 years ago on October 22nd, 2009), is still running on hundreds of millions of computers.
Can I use Windows 7 after 14th January?
Yes, you can continue using Windows 7 after 14th January and Windows 7 will start and run just like it’s doing today. However, we do advise you to move to a computer running Windows 10 before then if possible, as Microsoft will not be providing technical support, software updates, security updates, nor any fixes after 14th January 2020. This means that your Windows 7 computer will not be as secure as it’s today. Nothing will happen to your Windows 7 installation after January but it will be vulnerable to security risks and viruses as Microsoft will discontinue support. The good news for users running Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise editions, i that they can purchase extended security updates through January 2023.
Can I reinstall and activate Windows 7 after 2020?
Yes, you should be able to install/reinstall and activate Windows 7 even after 14th January. It’s just that you won’t get updates via Windows Update and Microsoft will stop offering all kinds of support to Windows 7.
Can I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free?
The Windows 7 to Windows 10 free upgrade program is no longer available, meaning that you need to purchase a Windows 10 license or new computer running Windows 10.
Can I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 without losing programs and data?
Almost all programs available for Windows 7 are compatible with Windows 10, and you will be able to retain them while upgrading to Windows 10. Likewise, you can keep your data while upgrading to Windows 10.
Will my Windows 7 computer’s hardware support Windows 10?
A computer running Windows 7 should be able to run Windows 10 with ease. That is, the minimum requirement for Windows 7 and Windows 10 are the same. That said, we recommend you use the official ‘Media Creation Tool’ to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 as it will scan your computer for compatibility issues before upgrading Windows 7 installation to Windows 10.