It’s a massive few days ahead for Microsoft with the Redmond firm about to make its ageing Windows 7 software obsolete. From next week, this popular operating system will no longer be supported and that means anyone using it faces an increased risk from online threats, annoying bug and cyber attacks.
“After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s 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,” Microsoft warned in a post on its website.
Although many should be able to make the switch to Windows 10, via a simple software upgrade, it seems millions could be forced to head to the shops and buy a brand new device.
That’s because Microsoft is warning that some ageing computers simply won’t be able to cope with its latest and greatest operating system.
In advice on its Windows 7 support page, Microsoft says: “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.”
“We recommend that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.”
Sticking with Windows 7 is clearly a bad idea as attacks on this older software are sure to increase as soon as Microsoft stops pushing out its regular security updates from next Tuesday.
And the advice from the US firm is clear – either buy a new computer, which will have the latest OS pre-installed, or add the latest version of Windows 10 to your old PC.
If you want to try the install option then there is still some confusion about upgrading current PCs to the new software.
Microsoft’s official stance continues to tell users that they will need to buy the update from the online store which can cost in excess of £100.
However, since publishing numerous stories about the price of this upgrade Express.co.uk has been inundated with readers saying they have made the switch for free.
We can’t verify if it’s still possible to ditch Windows 7 without paying the full fee but Microsoft says: “The Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended on July 29, 2016. To get Windows 10 you will need to either purchase a new device or, if you have a compatible PC, purchase a full version of the software to upgrade your existing device.”