This month, Microsoft has started reminding users that the company will no longer provide free support for Windows 7 after January 14, 2020. This means no more updates or fixes, including security fixes after that date.
Microsoft’s March 12 blog post about the coming “courtesy reminder” about Windows 7’s end of support notes that users will see the notification “a handful of times in 2019.” The notifications will include a checkbox for “do not notify me again,” enabling them to not receive future reminders.
Note: Just closing the pop-up using the X in the right corner won’t prevent users from getting more of these notifications
Business users will be able to continue to get security updates beyond the January 14, 2020 date by purchasing paid Extended Support Updates and buying Windows Virtual Desktop (which includes Extended Support Updates for no additional fee) but this does not apply to regular users like you and me.
Please, please, please, don’t even consider using Windows 7 without updates! It’s not just a matter of whether you have anything valuable on your computer itself. You run the risk of hackers getting into your whole home network!
Do you have an exit strategy yet? Now would be a good time for you to learn more about Chrome OS Devices (Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases) and Google’s free Office Suite apps (GSuite).
By the way…Google Chromebooks have captured 70% of the school market? So if you want to keep up with the younger generation…
In any case, I encourage you to talk to me before making any new purchases. I can help you get the most appropriate device for your needs and budget.
Do you have a Windows 7 and Office 2010 exit strategy? Share with us in the comments below and post any questions or concerns for me to answer.
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Above all else…enjoy!