Microsoft has dropped support for its popular Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, almost 11 years since it was launched.
The end of Windows 7 support means there’ll be no more security updates, software updates, and tech support for the old OS. PCs running the old OS will remain functional but more vulnerable to malware and viruses.
According to The Verge, millions of PCs still run on Windows 7 today. In the past year, Microsoft sent notifications to Windows 7 users, encouraging them to upgrade to Windows 10. The tech giant even offered free upgrades to other users.
There are a couple of basic computer specifications and system requirements to update to the latest OS. If the PC doesn’t meet the requirements, it’s time to consider upgrading it.
- Processor: 1GHz or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit, 2GB for 64-bit
- Hard drive size: 32GB or larger
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800×600
Those who want to make the jump from Windows 7 to Windows 10 should create a backup of all their files and data before installing the update. After creating a backup, follow these steps:
- Download Windows 10 from Microsoft
- On the website, find the Create Windows 10 installation media section and click on Download tool now
- Select Upgrade this PC
- Choose between keeping personal files or start fresh
- Once complete, go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation for the digital licence for Windows 10.