So now what? Can you use it? Is it safe? What should you do?
Can you continue using Windows 7?
Windows 7 will keep working normally, just like Windows XP does. If you have a PC running Windows 7 or Windows XP, you can use it on January 15, 2020, just as you could on January 13, 2020. Microsoft won’t stop you from using your PC. You may see warnings informing you that “Your Windows 7 PC is out of support,” but that’s it.
We recommend you avoid using Windows 7. If you do keep using this operating system, it’s now especially important that you have security software (like an antivirus) installed and take steps to secure your PC.
Now that Microsoft has axed support, Windows 7 will no longer get security patches. In other words, Microsoft won’t release any new security patches to Windows Update.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 are all built on the same underlying architecture. Often, security holes are found for all recent versions of Windows. Now, when attackers find such a security hole and Microsoft patches it, those patches will be applied only to Windows 8 and 10. Windows 7 will still have an open security hole that attackers know about.
With the end of official support, software developers will receive the signal that they shouldn’t keep supporting Windows 7. Many web browsers and other software tools have dropped support for Windows XP in their latest versions. Windows 7 will eventually meet the same fate.
Is Windows 7 Dangerous?
Well, that depends. It likely won’t be too dangerous on January 15, 2020. But, as more time goes by, you’ll be using a version of Windows with more and more unpatched security holes that attackers know about. Eventually, browsers and other applications you use will drop support for your operating system. You’ll be stuck using out-of-date browsers, and that is especially dangerous. Without browser security patches, a malicious website could compromise your system after you open a web page.
The internet is a dangerous place filled with increasingly sophisticated attacks, and we always recommend using up-to-date software with the latest security patches. We encourage you to upgrade from Windows 7.
What should you do?
We recommend you upgrade and get off Windows 7. That may mean installing a new operating system on your current hardware—or you may want to buy a new PC.
You can still upgrade to Windows 10 For Free: Despite Microsoft no longer advertising the free upgrade offer, it’s still available. You can upgrade a PC to Windows 10 for free as long as it has a legitimate, activated Windows 7 or 8 system installed. We don’t know how long this free upgrade trick will continue working. It was still working as of January 13, 2020.
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