All good things must come to an end, even Windows 7.
Microsoft has made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 that was released on October 22, 2009. When the 10 year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.
After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. Therefore, it is important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer.
As a component of Windows, Internet Explorer follows the support lifecycle of the Windows operating system it’s installed on. Support for Internet Explorer on a Windows 7 device will also be discontinued on January 14, 2020.
But can you continue to use Windows 7 after that date? You can continue to use Windows 7, but after the support has ended your computer will become more at risk to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates. After January 14, 2020, Microsoft strongly recommends that you use Windows 10 instead of Windows 7.
The good news is that you can keep the good times rolling by moving to Windows 10. For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today's PCs are faster, lightweight, yet powerful and more secure, with an average price that's considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
Also, while Microsoft has done an admirable job of making Windows 10 able to run on older hardware, it’s still a modern operating system that can struggle to work well on your old Windows 7 machine. Here’s the minimum specification for Windows 10:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
If your Windows 7 machine does not meet the specifications you won’t be able to run Windows 10 and even if your machine just meets the requirements, Windows 10 won’t run that well. It is recommended at least a 2GHz dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM (8GB ideally) and a 160GB hard drive for Windows 10 to run well.
No matter which route you take, you should make sure that your documents are safely backed up. If you are upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on the same machine the transfer of your files is part of the process, but it is best to back up just in case something goes wrong.
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