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TECHNOLOGY
FRANKLY SPEAKING

Time (and Support) Running
Out for Windows 7 Users
By Jeffrey A. Franklin, Esquire

Growing obsolete is inevitable in the tech world.

instead of upgrading old computers.

Even popular operating software platforms reach the end of the
road eventually, yielding to heavily-marketed upgrades.

Can Windows 7 still be installed and activated after January
2020?

Windows 7 had the highest market share of any desktop
operating system (OS) until last December when it was surpassed
by its younger sibling, Windows 10.

Yes, Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after
support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses,
Microsoft and I recommend that you consider upgrading to
Windows 10 or another operating system.

Such is the case with Microsoft's Windows 7.

It took three years for Windows 10 to dethrone Windows 7 as
the most popular desktop OS. And Windows 7 still is the secondmost popular operating system worldwide with 36.43 percent
of market share through April, according to NetMarketShare
reporting.

While remaining loyal, Windows 7 are running out of time for
an upgrade.
Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support
for PCs running Windows 7 after January 14, 2010. Here's a look
at some issues PC users clinging to Windows 7 should consider.
What happens if my firm continues to use Windows 7?
You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends,
your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows
will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature
updates. Even with the best antivirus software, your computer will
be vulnerable.
Can we upgrade our existing computers to Windows 10?
Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs with a full
license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, I
generally recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10 Pro
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Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?
No, support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices
will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of
Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same
support lifecycle. Internet Explorer is available on Windows 10,
but I don't recommend it as a regular browser, although it is useful
when needed for compatibility.
Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?
Maybe, Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for
users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By
purchasing Microsoft 365 Business you can upgrade all of your old
Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost. Also, while
the free upgrade officially expired in July of 2016, Microsoft does
seem to still allow some upgrades for free to Windows 10. For
more information, see https://zd.net/2KOYT2M.
Are there alternatives to give me more time to upgrade
while keeping my computers safe?
Yes, but it is cost prohibitive for most. Extended Security
Updates (ESU) include security updates for critical and important
issues as defined by the Microsoft Security Response Center
(MSRC) for a maximum of three years after January 14, 2020.


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