Unfortunately, extended support for Windows 7 will be ending in January of 2020. Mainstream support for the operating system has already ended in early 2015. Microsoft pushed out an update that will start showing frequent updates reminding users to upgrade to Windows 10.
While annoying, I don’t necessarily think this is a really bad thing. Users should be upgrading to Windows 10. It’s extremely important to keep your systems updated so they maintain the latest security patches. Unpatched computers will be susceptible to vulnerabilities, malware, worms, spyware, etc.
The good news is, Windows 10 isn’t that much different than Windows 7. There’s still a start menu, your task bar is at the bottom, and many of the features from Windows 7 can be found in the same spot. The new Metro UI might make navigating the Settings menu a bit more difficult for those not used to it. However, the Control Panel can still be utilized by typing it in when the start menu appears. Microsoft has also added virtual desktops to Windows 10, a long time feature request the community has been asking for. Virtual desktops allow you to add separate work spaces that you can open applications in and switch between them seamlessly.
There are also other features Windows 10 brings to the table such as Cortana, Hello, Edge, Xbox Streaming, and much more.
Many of the issues that early Windows 10 adopters have encountered have been fixed in the frequent updates Microsoft releases. As much as I love my Aero aesthetic, I will take security updates any day. If you’re still running Windows 7 and none of your programs depend on it, switch to Windows 10. This will ensure your computer won’t remain unpatched once January rolls around. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it! Instead of dealing with malware taking advantage of a hidden vulnerability, you can instead have a relaxing cup of coffee (or other beverage of choice.)