Microsoft support for Windows 7 has officially ended on 14 January, 2020.
Your laptop/PC running on Windows 7 will run BUT Microsoft will not be providing any of the following:
- Security updates or fixes
- Software updates
- Technical support for any issues
Well, Windows 8 support would also be stopped in the coming years. So, It’s just better to upgrade straight to Windows 10 while it is still free (though it could be free for some more time as there seem no indications from Microsoft to stop this free distribution, maybe they have changed their business model to sell services through Windows OS).
Initially, when Windows 10 was released in July 2015, Microsoft offered a free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, through July 2016. In 2017, Ed Bott from ZDNet posted that the free upgrade tool was still functional.
So, if you are having a licensed version of an earlier Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home or Pro then follow these steps:
- Go to the Download Windows 10 website.
- Under the heading Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.
- Click Upgrade this PC now, if this is the current PC you plan to upgrade. (If you’ plan to upgrade a different PC then choose Create installation media for another PC, and save the installation files.)
- Click through the prompts.
- After the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.
This will work if you have a Windows 7 or 8 Home license. In other words, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home, while Windows 7 or 8 Pro can only be updated to Windows 10 Pro (the upgrade is not available for Windows Enterprise.
It is recommended to buy a new laptop/PC for seamless Windows 10 experience and it’s features like passwordless sign-in through Windows Hello, you would want to purchase a new Windows 10 PC (or PC launched after July 2015) with all the hardware upgrades.
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