Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Windows 7 users warned to upgrade

Windows 7 users warned to upgrade

When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. Some initial confusion around Windows 10's licensing and the Windows-as-a-service model also discouraged enterprises to move on from an established Windows 7 environment.

With the Windows 7 era coming to an end, nearly everyone have updated their Pc to Windows 10.

In theory, an update to Windows 10 would cost around £120, but there are still ways to upgrade for free to Windows 10.

The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be 14 January 2020.

Global Data pegs Windows 10 current market share in Asia at around 60%.

Microsoft confirms that nearly "99 percent of Windows 7 apps are compatible with Windows 10". Here, tick the checkbox "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and choose your desired Windows version.

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This is because Microsoft no longer provides security patches or updates for Windows 7, so vulnerabilities will continue to be accessible to hackers, who can take advantage of them for all kinds of nefarious purposes. This means Windows 7 users will not receive security updates anymore, and all computers running on the OS will be vulnerable to all security issues that will be discovered thereafter.

While individual opinions might vary, Microsoft suggests buying a new Windows 10 PC (read Surface) is cost-effective than upgrading an existing one.

That is it. Now your system is updated and you don't have to worry about not getting regular updates or security risk.

First up, you need to download Windows 10 from Microsoft's website if you don't have it or if you are using a cracked or free version of it.

It's been well-documented that this has been a problematic area for Microsoft in the past - with people disabling the Search Indexer due to it hogging CPU or disk resources - and the company has been making efforts to cure this sluggishness as we've seen, and this move is another part of that drive.

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