This is a reworking of an article I did a few years ago about the end of support for Windows XP, but I think what I said here still holds true for Windows 7.

Many of you may have heard of Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief.  She named them as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. She was talking about a catastrophic personal loss, but as the end of Microsoft support for Windows 7 nears, I’m hearing similar reactions.

1. Denial – Microsoft will change its mind. After ten years, Windows 7’s time has come and gone. The operating system just can’t keep up with some of the latest technology. The company is determined to shift towards being a devices and services business and supporting multiple operating systems is not part of that plan.

2. Anger – We’ve seen plenty of that in comments, e-mails and questions. Readers have called Microsoft, greedy, lazy, short-sighted, stupid and a lot thing that we can’t post on a family-friendly website. Keep in mind, the company did offer free upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for a full year. 

3. Bargaining – Readers have asked if they run up-do-date security software, won’t that take care of the problem? What if they are very careful about where they go online or just use it for e-mail.   Security providers have made it clear that without Microsoft offering the security support – they cannot guarantee the safety of Windows 7 systems.

4. Depression – According to experts, it’s not a good idea to attempt to cheer up the grieving person at this point. So I won’t try to tell you that you may be able to upgrade your current computer to Windows 10 or that you might enjoy a newer, faster computer. And I won’t even touch the fact that Windows 10 really is a pretty good operating system.

5. Acceptance – Once you’ve reached that stage, we can help you out. Most Windows 7 PCs are capable of running Windows 10.Or you could consider switching to the free Linux operating system.

Remember January 14, 2020 is the end date for support for Windows 7.