It’s a big day for Windows today. Microsoft is dropping Windows 7 support almost 11 years after the first launch of an operating system with a flashy New York City marketing campaign. “I’m a PC, and Windows 7 was my idea” was a message back then, a clear nod to the fact that it designed to fix Windows Vista’s failure.
Microsoft is going to end support for Windows 7, the popular PC software that was released more than ten years ago in 2009.
Businesses and education Windows 7 users will be capable of paying for extended security updates, but this could be a costly enterprise for some. Extended Windows 7 Enterprise updates are about $25 per device, and the cost triples to $50 per device in 2021 and once again to $100 per device in 2022.
Windows 7 is going extinct (or at least will no longer be supported for free) on Jan. 15. Here’s what you need to do if you have this system running on your computer. https://t.co/OwIvBpQJBt— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 14, 2020
Windows 7 devices will no longer receive security updates or customer service as of Tuesday. Microsoft says on its website that security updates and customer service for Windows 7 will no longer be available as of Tuesday.
For those who own a PC that is still running Windows 7, Microsoft recommends upgrading to a full version of Windows 10 for $139 or purchase a new Windows 10 pre-installed device.
The firm frequently notes that older devices may not be compliant with Windows 10 or that some functionality in Windows 10 may not work properly on older computers.
For run Windows 10, the machine must have a 1GHz or faster CPU, a 32 GB or larger hard disk, and at least 1 GB of RAM, among other system requirements as illustrated on Microsoft’s website.