After the disastrous run of Windows Vista, Microsoft revamped its OS and laid the foundation of the new era in Windows history. The first product of which was Windows 7, it was released for the masses on July 22, 2009. Unlike Windows Vista, Microsoft stuck to the basics while developing for Windows 7. As a result, we got an OS that had fewer compatibility issues, multi-touch support, redesigned Windows shell and a new networking system. Most importantly, the UI was fast and responsive. Windows 7 received the critical acclaim that Vista missed in its run. It was regarded as the “big improvement” in the Windows platform.
It has been approximately 10 years since the release of the Windows 7 platform. Microsoft has decided to retire its long-run service. It will be retired entirely in January 2020. Some users are reporting that Microsoft has begun sending a notification to the Windows 7 machines to remind the users that the support for the OS is going to end soon. Microsoft is recommending users to upgrade their system to the latest Windows 10 operating system.
According to reports, the notification popped up in the morning of 18 April 2019. People over Reddit are also reporting about the same notification on their Windows 7 machines. Whenever they boot their system, a notification with the title “After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end” is displayed on the screen along with the date when the support for Windows 7 ends. The notification also has a learn more button which leads to Microsoft’s web page. The webpage has details regarding the end of service and lists down options for the users after the OS retires.
Microsoft states that users can use the Operating system after its retirement at the start of 2020. The OS will be at a higher risk for viruses and Malware since there will be no security updates. They explained, “While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.”
Lastly, if you are still using the old Operating system, it would be the right time to upgrade to the newer operating system. Though Microsoft is not recommending to upgrade your old PC to Windows 10, you would not have to save a ton to meet the requirements of Windows 10. You only need to get a decent 2nd or 3rd Intel gen processor to enjoy the recommended Windows 10 experience.