If you are a Windows 7 user you may have been getting bombarded with a big, blue, intimidating warning announcing that your version of Windows is out of support (pictured below). Do not panic, this does not mean you need to rush out and buy a new computer.

Your Windows 7 PC is out of support. As of January 14, 2020 support for Windows 7 has come to an end. Your PC is more vulnerable to viruses and malware due to: No security updates, no software updates, no tech support.

This warning is not a hoax or a virus. All Windows operating systems eventually run out of support as it would be a huge task and a huge cost to a company to support all of its legacy systems.

But don't panic, your computer will not suddenly stop working one day, it will continue to work as normal but there are some things you should be aware of if you continue to use it past it's end-of-life (EOL) date.

These things are outlined in the warning itself.

This does not mean you need to buy a new computer...

As it was alluded to earlier, your computer will still work fine, it will not suddenly stop working one day. If you don't use your computer for anything sensitive. Maybe you watch a bit of YouTube, read your emails occasionally or play a little Minesweeper. In these cases, there probably isn't much point in spending money updating your operating system or computer right away, if at all.

As long as your PC is not ridiculously old and still does what you want it to do then nine times out of ten it is easy to purchase a license for Windows 10, these retail from $225 for the 'Home' edition of Windows 10. The license is basically a big long serial number that is entered when installing Windows 10 that will allow you to use it legally. Get in contact if you need help with this. I am able to acquire licenses and as the situation will vary from user to user, can provide guidance on what will be involved to get you up and running again.

In some cases, it might even be possible to use a legitimate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license key (the big long number mentioned before) to activate a copy of Windows 10, meaning it will cost you $0 to acquire a legitimate copy of Windows 10! These numbers are usually located on stickers on the side of your laptop or PC.

It’s official, folks: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows users—as long as you claim it quickly.

Source: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users | PCWorld

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