What does this mean?
You may have been reading this all over the internet already and many articles make it sound like the Windows 7 world is coming to an end just so they can get your clicks, not here. Basically Microsoft has a timeline for their support to their software and tomorrow marks the end of support for Windows 7 SP1.
End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
|Client operating systems||Latest update or service pack||End of mainstream support||End of extended support|
|Windows XP||Service Pack 3||April 14, 2009||April 8, 2014|
|Windows Vista||Service Pack 2||April 10, 2012||April 11, 2017|
|Windows 7 *||Service Pack 1||January 13, 2015||January 14, 2020|
|Windows 8||Windows 8.1||January 9, 2018||January 10, 2023|
* Support for Windows 7 RTM without service packs ended on April 9, 2013. Be sure to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today to continue to receive support and updates.
Basically Microsoft is putting Windows 7 to a slow death but you will still be receiving security updates, patches and such until 2020, just like they did with Windows XP; so if you have service pack 1 installed you are good to go.
On a side note. I would personally hold off upgrading from Windows 7 until Windows 10 drops. There is a huge difference from 8.1 to 10 and it’s well worth the wait. If you are buying a new machine, you have no choice as OEM machines now come with Windows 8.1 installed.