Yes, Microsoft officially stopped support for Windows 7 operating system. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped security updates or support for PCs with Windows 7 OS. In this post read what you should do if your PC is running with Windows 7 OS.
When a company stops security patches and updates that might cause some consternation for consumers and enterprise users alike.
Windows 7 is still the most popular operating system but even after Windows 10 release users still love to be with Windows 7 only. Though Microsoft trying very hard to push users to Windows 10, as per the current situation it won’t be as easy to do so as the company might hope.
What number of users still on Windows 7?
I am was amazed to know that Windows 10 only became the most popular Windows version in the world at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018.
At that time, Windows 10 captured 39% of market share, compared to 37% for Windows 7, according to Net Applications.
There are more than 1 billion total Windows OS users. So, hundreds of millions of users still using Windows 7 OS.
What happens if I am still using Windows 7?
If you still continue using Windows 7 OS after January 14, 2020, your PC will still work, but there will be security risks now. So better you should upgrade your PC with Windows 10.
How do I move to Windows 10 from Windows 7?
It’s a better choice if you upgrade your PC to Windows 10 and very soon PC manufacturers will be bundling Windows 10 into their machines, with no option to downgrade to Windows 7. And online platforms also stopped selling Windows 7, so you won’t find it except at the retail store near you.
So, here we have a quick tutorial on how to upgrade to Windows 10.
Windows 10 license version is free to upgrade, but your PC should match the required configuration. Below is the list of required specifications to upgrade PC on Windows 10.
Windows 10 Minimum required specs
- Processor: 1GHz processor or faster
- Memory: 1GB of RAM for a 32-bit installation and 2GB of RAM for a 64-bit installation
- Hard Disk Space: Up to 20GB of space
- Graphics Card: A screen with a resolution of 800 by 600 or higher, and a DirectX 9 graphics chip
- Connectivity: Internet access
- Now simply, follow the below tutorial:
How to Upgrade Via Direct Download
1. Navigate to below link to download the OS System File
2. Click the “Download Tool now” button
3. Launch the Download Tool.
4. Click Select Upgrade this PC Now if you are just installing on this computer and want to do so right away. However, if you want to create your own USB or DVD media, see the section below on “How to Create Windows 8 Install Media.” Though it requires a few extra steps and a blank Flash drive or disc, creating your own install media allows you to not only install on multiple computers, but also reinstall on your current computer if something goes wrong.
The tool will take a while to download the software so be patient, particularly if you have a slow Internet connection. After it downloads, the software also goes through a preparation process and downloads some more files, all of which takes time, perhaps as long as an hour even on a high-speed connection.
5. Click Accept on the license terms screen. Wait again as the software checks for updates. You may want to walk away, as this also takes several minutes.
6. If you’re upgrading from Windows 7 make sure to select “keep personal files and app” or the upgrade won’t work. Then Click the Install button. Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the computer to copy files. It will reboot several times.
7. Click Next at the login screen.
8. Click Use Express settings. You can always change some settings later.
9. Click Next on the “New apps for the new Windows” screen. The computer will say “finalizing your settings,” and then take you to the Windows 10 lock screen.
10. Log in to your computer. Windows 10 will take another couple of minutes to do an initial setup and then it will take you to the Windows desktop.