After January 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows 7 and Server 2008.
Your system will be more susceptible to viruses and other malicious attacks. Here are some tools that can help.
Why upgrade to Windows 10 Pro?
To avoid security risks and viruses, it’s recommended that you upgrade to Windows 10. As of January 14, 2020, there will be “No technical support, No software updates, and No security updates”. Running windows 7 past this date increases your risk from cyber-attacks. We recommend moving to a new PC >
App Compatibility Check
Use Microsoft’s app directory to ensure your apps are ready and compatible with Windows 10. Check if your apps will work on windows 10 >
Hardware Compatibility Check
Use Microsoft’s hardware recommendations to see if your existing hardware is compatible. It also recommends that if your hardware is over 4 years old or has met its financial lifecycle that is be replaced with newer hardware.
The best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC
As Windows has evolved, so have PCs—now both are even more powerful and innovative. New Windows 10 PCs offer digital inking, facial recognition, voice, gaming, and more. Learn more >
Windows Virtual Desktop
Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?
Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license.
What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?
You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.
Can Windows 7 still be activated after January 14, 2020?
Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.
Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?
Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle.
Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?
Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.
Does this also apply to Windows Embedded 7?
There are a number of members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support lifecycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter. For more details, see our product lifecycle page.
Are there alternatives that give me extra time to complete my migration while keeping my users safe?
For users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise, you can purchase extended security updates through January 2023. For an in-depth FAQ about Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, please download the Microsoft end of support FAQ.