Microsoft officially ended updates and support for Window 7 in January and the global scramble to update to Windows 10 is on. According to c|net, the free upgrade tool offered to Home and Pro users is still available. If you think upgrading to Windows 10, released in 2015, in 2019 might be a little risky in terms of continued support, you can rest easy. Microsoft will continue to support and update Windows 10 until 2025.
If the free upgrade doesn’t work for you, you can purchase the upgrade for $139. But, should you? Hardware and software and user experience have evolved dramatically since the release of Windows 7, and Windows 10 offers a robust set of features that will certainly perform better on newer laptops with Windows 10 natively installed. If you’ve been looking for a reason to get a new laptop, Digital Trends makes a compelling case for upgrading your old hardware instead of updating your operating system.
Beyond a lack of support, there are numerous reasons to update from Windows 7. As recently as this week, a bug was revealed that prevents Windows 7 users from shutting down or restarting. Microsoft has not commented or offered a fix for the confounding error, which tells users, “You don’t have permission to shut down this computer” when they attempt to shut down or restart. PCMag reports that some users have been able to work around the bug by creating a new Windows account and then switching back to the admin account after logging into the new one and then restarting.
Whatever you decide, now would be a good time to pull the trigger. Don’t be like the UK’s National Health Service, which, after suffering the crippling effects of the WannaCry cyber attack in 2017 because it did not follow basic IT security best practices, has missed a self-imposed deadline to upgrade in January, leaving nearly half a million computers running unsupported Windows 7.