The clock is ticking for Windows 7. Support for the system found on about 50% of Windows PCs ends in a little over two years.
On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will pull the plug on security and bug patches. That means it’s not safe to go online using a Windows 7 PC. (yes, even if you have third-party security support) Microsoft offers support for operating systems for 10 years. Time’s up for Windows 10. Don’t expect them to extend support another two or three years like they did with Windows XP. That decision only seemed to cause the company a lot of headaches.
So where does that leave you and your perfectly good Windows 7 PC? Check your PC to see if it can be upgraded to Windows 10. Here’s a list of requirements from Microsoft:
|Processor:||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC|
|RAM:||1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit|
|Hard disk space:||16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS|
|Graphics card:||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
If your PC can handle it, you can get the Home edition for just a little over $100. Since you have 27 months to save, put away just over $4 a month and you’ll have enough to pay for the download.