Windows 7 end of support is only one day away now (14th January 2020). If you have not already, you should be considering upgrading your systems.
You have questions, we have answers.
We understand that it can be hard to know what to do and what it all means. So we have answered some of your questions in hopes to put your mind at ease.
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.
What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?
You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.
Will Internet Explorer still be supported in Windows 7?
Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support life cycle.
Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?
Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.
Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?
Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.
Are there alternatives that give me extra time to complete my migration while keeping my users safe?
For users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise, you can purchase Extended Security Updates through January 2023. For an in-depth FAQ about Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, please read the Microsoft End of Support FAQ.
Does this apply to Windows Embedded 7?
There are a number of members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support life cycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter. To find out more, see Microsoft’s product life cycle page.