Microsoft Windows 7 was released in October 2009. Microsoft announced that Windows 7 support would be discontinued to allow them to focus support on newer technologies. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 was January 14, 2020. Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for Windows 7.
After January 14, 2020
You may have received a notification on your Windows 7 PC that has informed you of the risks now that Microsoft is no longer developing Microsoft Updates that are designed to protect your computer.
What does end of support mean for me?
The major concern is that after January 14, 2020, computers running Windows 7 no longer receive security updates. 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. This does not guarantee that your PC will seize to function normally, but rather that it will be vulnerable to potential future security risks, such as viruses.
For the best possible experience, Masiero recommends Windows 10 on a new PC as this ensures a coordinated migration with minimal downtime. Click here to view the latest PCs recommend and available from Masiero. New PCs carry manufacturer warranties ensuring rapid replacement of failed components in the event of failure or trouble.
Upgrade of existing PCs (Not supported by Masiero, not recommended by Microsoft.)
Windows 7 PCs may be upgraded by purchasing and installing a full version of Windows 10. Masiero does not recommend nor support this method as it has a much higher risk of not completing successfully, programs no longer functioning and unplanned for downtime. PCs running Windows 7 are more than likely out of manufacturer hardware warranty coverage.
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. We recommend that you do not install Windows 10 on an older PC, as some Windows 7 PCs are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.