Windows 7 has 1 year month left

It's time to hurry up and switch to Windows 10. a number 7, an alarm clock, and a waving hand

Windows 7 support will officially end on January 14, 2020.

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software. Windows lifecycle fact sheet

The above Windows lifecycle fact sheet shows that Windows 7 has been generally available since October 22, 2009. Eventually, the Windows 7 end of sales date for PCs with Windows preinstalled was October 31, 2014 for Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium and Ultimate, followed by October 31, 2016 for Windows 7 Professional.

Obviously many users over the years made the switch to Windows 8 and then to Windows 10.

If you're still loving your old familiar Windows 7 desktop, that's great, however the reality is that you'll need to start thinking about upgrading to Windows 10, or better still - buying a new PC or Windows device with Windows 10 preinstalled.

For play or for work?

If you're a Windows 7 user who uses Windows 7 at home (so to speak), then it'll soon be time to buy a new Windows 10 PC. This is suitable advice if your PC came with Windows 7 preinstalled, or if your PC is at least 6 years old. I personally love fixing and upgrading old PC's to breathe new life into them, but a newer PC with newer hardware will be so much more ideal for hosting the latest Windows OS that Microsoft has to offer.

If you're using Windows 7 at work, then you might benefit from the following support pages at Microsoft:

The Windows IT Pro Center has some good information to get you up and running, including the chance to evaluate Windows 10 for free for 90 days.

Enterprise customers who rely on Office might also consider the Microsoft 365 `Now is the time to shift' page, which includes a Modern desktop deployment checklist to get you started.

So, did you upgrade to Windows 10 back when the upgrade was free? Are you happy with Windows 10 compared to previous Windows versions? Are you a Windows Insider who enjoys testing the latest and greatest Windows 10 enhancements? Feel free to comment below.

Links (Microsoft):

Microsoft - Windows 10
Windows Insider Program

Old Windows 10 news (Grateful Grant):

Windows 10 April 2018 Update
Windows 10 Last Week to Upgrade
Windows 10 Upgrade extension

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