While the OS will remain functional the foreseeable future, Microsoft South Africa said in a statement that after January 14, machines still running the old OS would no longer receive "non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates".
According to NetMarketShare estimations for the end of 2019, Windows 7 is still one of the most popular Windows operating systems with a 32.74% global share, second only to Microsoft's most recent version, Windows 10, at 47.65%.
That said, Windows 7 users do not need to upgrade if they use their PC offline.
Businesses which are still holding on to Windows 7 will have to either upgrade their licenses to Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise via Volume Licensing for existing PCs, or to buy new PCs altogether.
With the Windows 7 era coming to an end, nearly everyone have updated their Pc to Windows 10. One user owning a Dell E4200 laptop had the problem of his life along with upgrading its gadget to Windows 10: the audio driver was severely malfunctioning so that any music being played sounded bad. "And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC".
The only way for them to stay protected is by purchasing Extended Security Updates, which will extend security updates until 2023.
If perpetrators find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it.
"To ensure users do not fall victim to cybercrime related to Windows 7, users should seek an update immediately to ensure they're supported by a system that is supported with security updates". Upgrading isn't troublesome, and won't cost a penny.
It describes how easy the life of users will become with new Surface devices running Windows 10 and Microsoft 365.
To make use of the upgrade tool, users must go to the Windows 10 download page and select "Download tool now".
With a lot of care and cleverness, there is possible that you can survive with Windows 7 after January 14. From there, you'll follow a prompt or two whereupon you'll be able to click "Install" and get the process started.
Global Data pegs Windows 10 current market share in Asia at around 60%.