Since the beginning of its operation, Microsoft has introduced many interesting operating systems of that time. The once-popular Windows 7 operating system, is amongst the older version of Microsoft that is now fading away.  Yes, it’s fading away after Microsoft announced to stop support for it after January 2020. 

This doesn’t mean that it has faded from the hearts of many of its users. Many of the users may have not decided to upgrade because it is uncomforting. Few might be resisting because there is no movie maker or hyperterminal for windows 10

Yet, with the announcement, Microsoft will now focus its efforts on the modern operating systems. Therefore, as much as users want to maintain Windows 7 after its retirement, this decision comes with risks. Risks you don’t want to expose yourself to. Still not convinced keep reading to find reasons why.

Windows 7 Retirement

After a decade long operation, Microsoft will be retiring Windows 7. Thus, after January 2020, no support will be available for this operating system. In actuality, this means that the operating system will not be supported with patches, fixes or security updates. In a rare attempt to protect the last of its users, Microsoft will release the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), a signature antivirus solution that will still get certain updates beyond Windows 7 expiration date. 

Risks of Usage After Retirement 

The retirement of the Windows 7 operating system doesn’t mean that it will suddenly shut down in January. It merely means that you will be on your own – with no updates, fixes or even patches in case of a security breach. Yet, it doesn’t mean that all these security risks come instantaneously on the day it retires. 

The security risks will come over time when the system reaches the point where it requires updates. With this change, will come the constant annoyance of Microsoft’s notifications to prompt you to upgrade your OS. And yes, you will lose some newer software features. Therefore, the biggest risk that you are exposed to if you don’t upgrade your operating system is malware attacks and crackers. 

This also means that more than a quarter of Microsoft Windows 7 users is at risk if they do not make the transition. Sure, anti-malware software will help to a certain point, but it may not be any match to sophisticated ransomware attacks. And these attacks may be quite detrimental to businesses especially. 

What To Do After Windows 7 Retirement

It is safer to act during this time, to ensure that your data, devices, and systems are safe. For bigger corporations and enterprises, Microsoft has tried to reduce the headache on the account that they may require extensive investment. Because obviously, they have more devices and complex systems. These huge corporations have been given a chance to pay relatively less but still hefty amounts for patches known as Extended Security Updates (ESU).

The ESU can be used for at least the next three years as they get their affairs in order and make the transition. Smaller businesses can also opt for this option, but they will dig deep into their pockets. However, there may not be an immediate solution to individuals who will be now forced to get newer devices and upgrade their operating systems. 

But if you are the typical old school and clingy geek, there may just be a way you can savor your Windows 7 system a little bit longer. The number one step is to isolate your PC from the outside world – this means no internet connection! 

Or you may choose to run the system on a virtual machine so in case any threat is detected, it becomes contained within the virtual world. You can do this by downloading a software known as Virtual Box. The fee virtualization program allows you to install Windows 7 in it.

Or Simply Upgrade To Windows 10

Unless you are strapped for cash, why go through a whirlwind of processes whilst you can just upgrade to windows 10. In actuality, all this process will just be temporary. So if you have the means, the best way to go about this transition is to simply upgrade to Windows 10. 

With newer devices and the Windows 10 available on Microsoft Store, you will garner a better operating and gaming experience. You will also be exposed to newer features that will help improve your overall work or even entertainment experience. Sure, you will lose some of your favorite older features but sometimes change is for the better. 

And if you think money is the bigger issue, Windows 10 brings with it good news. For one year, you can upgrade and use Windows 10 for free, this is courtesy of Microsoft’s keen objective to transition its users to the newer, more advanced and safer operating system variant. To do so, all you need is a newer hardware and valid license.

Upgrading Options

Unofficially, there is still a way you can easily upgrade your Windows and 8 to the latest operating system for free. You can do so by using the Media Creation Tool. To do so, first back up your important data and files to an isolated source, to ensure the upgrade process doesn’t lose important data. 

Then, go to the Windows 10 download page and click on the Download tool now. Then, click on Upgrade this PC now to begin the upgrading process. You can then head to the Windows Media Creation Tool to ensure your device is eligible and that it doesn’t have a major hardware or software issue. 

The process is simple as that so long as you have a valid license to upgrade the system. Windows 7 updates to Windows 10 whilst 7 Pro updates o 10 Pro. And the perks to this process rather than starting from scratch is that it will still maintain your favorite features and only update them.

Bottom line

Thus, even if you take the merry go round route, you will still end up at the same place – needing to upgrade your operating system! So the best bet is to evaluate your resources and figure out what route to take to ensure you are upgraded and that your data and devices are always safe.