Beverly has a question about when support will end for her Windows  operating system. “When will Windows 7 Home Premium support end?”

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Windows operating systems receive 5 years of mainstream support from the time of release and 10 years of extended support.

Mainstream support means that Microsoft is actively developing new features and you can get free tech support from Microsoft as well as security support. Extended support means the OS receives bug patches and security updates, but nothing more.  Windows 7 was released in 2010, so it received mainstream support until January 13, 2015 and will receive extended support until January 14, 2020.

But there is a way to extend security support for your Windows 7 PC. If you take the free upgrade to Windows 10 (available until July of 2016), you’ll extend your mainstream support until at least 2020 and your security support until 2025.  I say “at least” because it’s probable that Microsoft may change to the Apple model of providing free gradual updates to the  Windows 10 OS for home users instead of the old model of coming out with a new expensive operating system every few years.

~ Cynthia