Beginning Tuesday, January 14th, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. After that, you will need to upgrade to Windows 10 to receive support from Microsoft.
After Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7, users will no longer receive software updates. These include patches that can prevent hacking and other cybersecurity issues. Your computer will be at greater risk of getting a virus or malware. Along with the lack of software updates, Microsoft customer service will no longer provide technical support for Windows 7.
What are your options if you have Windows 7 on your computer? Microsoft has two suggestions.
If your computer is three years old or newer, you can pay to upgrade to Windows 10. The cost of an upgrade starts at $139 per computer. There was a free upgrade, but unfortunately, that offer expired in 2016.
Microsoft suggests you buy a new computer with Windows 10 on it if your computer is older than three years. You can find laptops that run Windows 10 starting around $150. Of course, that will be a very basic laptop. Prices only go up from there.
According to Net Marketshare, Windows 7 is the number 2 operating system in use behind Windows 10 and ahead of Mac OS X 10.14. Almost 33% of all operating systems are running Windows 7, so you’re not the only one out there with the old OS. However, that is a big tempting piece of fruit for hackers and other people with bad motivations.
It’s important to update your system or computer to take advantage of the latest security patches and fixes. You should always run an antivirus program like Avast, Norton, Kaspersky, or McAfee, but other software updates come directly from Microsoft.
Switching to Windows 10 is going to cost you some money, but not updating your operating system could cost you a lot more. This is especially true if you use your computer for financial transactions and store other private information. Protect yourself from malware and other cybersecurity threats.