In the past, a reader asked, “…once Microsoft is not doing Windows updates how safe is my computer going to be? Yes, I still have Windows 7.” Since many of our customers are in the same situation, we want to address the question – Is Windows 7 still a safe choice?
From speaking with our users, Windows 7 seems to be a fan favorite when it comes to Windows’ operating systems. Many of our Windows users have either Windows 10 or 7, with Windows 8 and 8.1 being the least popular.
If you are not sure which version of Windows you are currently using, check out our article here to find out.
FixMeTip: Your FixMeStick will continue to work on Windows 7 computers, even now that Microsoft has stopped supporting it!
What does this mean?
Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 on January 13, 2015. However, as of January 14, 2020, they “no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7”.
This means even if security issues are found in the Windows 7 software, Microsoft will not fix these. This puts you at greater risk for viruses and malware so it is no longer safe to use your Windows 7 computer on the Internet.
Can I still use my computer?
Yes, your computer will still turn on, and you’ll still be able to use your programs and surf the Internet. However, applications such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox will eventually also stop supporting Windows 7. Microsoft Edge already doesn’t work on Windows 7.
Additionally, you might experience hardware issues, such as wireless keyboards and mice not pairing properly with your Windows 7 computer. Or new drivers to connect speakers or printers might not work properly.
Other programs like your antivirus will likely stop supporting Windows 7 too.
What steps should I take?
While it’s possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, Microsoft does not recommend it.
You can also purchase a brand new computer that comes with the Windows 10 software. But keep in mind this will cost at least $500 or more and is not environmentally friendly.
Researchers at the United Nations University report that since 2000, e-waste amounts have grown from 20 million to 50 million tonnes per year. They forecast the amount of e-waste will more than double by 2050, to reach approximately 111 million tonnes per year. How much do you know about e-waste? Take our quiz here to test your knowledge!
But we have a solution – the StartMeStick!
Save money and breathe new life into your old computer with the StartMeStick!
Simply plug in the StartMeStick and revive your own computer by using this fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick. Everything you do online you can do with the StartMeStick. It’s designed to never slow down, break down, or become infected.
The StartMeStick can be used by anybody to win against frustrating computer issues, like an outdated operating system. The StartMeStick eliminates the need to replace computers when they slow down or stop receiving security updates. It is like brand new every time you use it! Learn more here.
Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?
Obviously, one of your options is to upgrade to a later version of Windows that is still supported like 8, 8.1 or 10. Microsoft offered their customers a free Windows 10 upgrade back in 2016, but this offer is no longer available.
Note: Microsoft does not recommend updating your Windows 7 computers to Windows 10 because Windows 10 will be slow and unstable on your older device.
Today, the cost to get the full version of the Windows 10 software is over $100 for a single computer license. You can also purchase a brand new computer that comes with the Windows 10 software. But keep in mind this costs hundred of dollars and new, affordable PCs are hard to come by right now!
The StartMeStick is an easy solution that allows you to keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste. Get yours HERE!
Does this happen with Apple?
Windows is actually more transparent in this process than Apple. Microsoft lets consumers know end-of-support dates well in advance of phasing out software.
However, with Apple, it’s more of a guessing game. Remember when they used to name their operating systems after big cats? Well, you didn’t receive a notification but security updates for Version 10.8 Mountain Lion are long gone.
Now, Apple names newer operating system versions after California’s scenic landscapes. The pattern Mac watchers have noticed is that Apple supports security updates for three operating systems at a time– which now means Mojave, Catalina, and Big Sur.
If you’re on Mojave or earlier (determine which OS you have here) you might want to do that update as long as the software supports your hardware (to check click here).
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