As with all things, this too had to come to an end. Microsoft will no longer provide critical security updates and support for this much loved operating system. Windows 7 had a good run and here’s what you need to know to ensure a seamless upgrade experience.

 

Why is this happening?

Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009. As with all software, this operating system has been replaced with it’s current successors to accommodate changes in hardware and software applications. Microsoft, of course, wants us to run the flagship Windows 10 which is where they are placing their focus. This is a regular occurrence in this space. We must keep up with the change. There’s no point in trying to hold on to an outdated system especially if no security updates are available.

 

How much time do I still have?

Official support from Microsoft for Windows 7 has ended as of Tuesday 14 January 2020. Your computer or device will still function but it does so at your own risk. Rather just take the time complete the free upgrade to Windows 10. The regular Home version of Windows 10 would normally set you back R2799.00.

 

Who qualifies for the free upgrade?

If you are running a licensed version of Windows 7 you qualify for the upgrade. No fuss.

 

How do I upgrade?

To make use of the upgrade tool, you must go to the Windows 10 download page and select “Download tool now”. This will download the Media Creation Tool executable file.

You can then open the file and follow the instructions to install Windows 10.

Or…simply buy a new PC and you will have Windows 10 pre-installed.