Windows 7 lovers and users, I’m hoping this information finds you well. Loving the old Windows 7 OS for all this time can’t be for anything – you have your reasons. Sadly, Windows 7 has reached its End-of-life.
The company is finally closing both of its eyes and ears on whatever thing will succumb to the good old Windows 7 PCs. This is a final call that Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, essential security patches, and any software updates to your Windows 7 machine.
You are therefore advised to upgrade to the latest Windows OS version to continue enjoying these privileges – most importantly, the critical security updates.
The good news? If you don’t wish to upgrade, then you can continue to use your PC running Windows 7. The bad news? Without continued software and security updates, you will be at higher risk for viruses and malware.
For business users, Microsoft has a special thing planned out for you all. Windows7 Professional or Enterprise business users can be able to purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates(ESU) that will help them continue receiving security patches through January 2023.
The service will be purchased via a Cloud Solution Provider(CSP) program, which will be sold on a per-device basis, with yearly increments on the price.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free
Microsoft announced a free upgrade program to users running legitimate versions of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 back in 2015. Although the program was laid to rest in July 2016, it is, reportedly, still viable. A couple of users have reportedly been able to upgrade for free this month.
To upgrade to Windows 10 for free, go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page and click on the “Download tool now” button. A Media Creation Tool will be downloaded, which you will have to run. On the setup page, choose “Upgrade this PC now” and follow the subsequent prompts to be able to install Windows 10.
This should be able to get you the latest Windows version. This method is not 100% viable, it has failed for some, but the majority have reported that it still works.