Microsoft on the 14th of January, 2020 ended support for its Windows 7 Operating System. Although mainstream support for this Operating System was initially ended in January 2015, the company ended complete support on the 14th of January, 2020. This means that if your computer is still running on the Windows 7 Operating System, you will not receive updates anymore. To avoid this issue, Microsoft advised before the 14th of January that all users upgrade to Windows 10 so as to continue enjoying all that the company has got to offer.
This end of support means no more bug-fixes, security patches or new functionality, making any user – personal or enterprise – significantly more susceptible to malware attacks. Just as it did with Windows XP, Microsoft will continue to offer support for those Windows 7 users still reluctant to upgrade to its Windows 10 OS, but it’ll cost you. However, there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from using Windows 7 even after its End of Life. But you should know that using an outdated operating system makes your computer vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Which is why you need to upgrade your computer from the Windows 7 Operating System to Windows 10.
As at the date of this writing, you can still upgrade your Windows 7 powered PC to Windows 10. To get started, you will first need to have a valid license to upgrade and install Windows 10. You can then download and run the media creation tool. For more information on how to download and use the tool, see the instructions below.
- Back up your files before moving to download and installation of the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.
- Next download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool by clicking HERE.
- Run the downloaded .exe file, and read though the license terms before clicking on Accept button to acknowledge your acceptance of the license terms.
- On the What do you want to do? page, select Upgrade this PC now, and then select Next.
- After downloading and installing, the tool will walk you through how to set up Windows 10 on your PC. All Windows 10 editions are available when you select Windows 10, except for Enterprise edition. For more information on Enterprise edition, go to the Volume Licensing Service Center.
If you don’t have a license to install Windows 10 and have not yet previously upgraded to it, you can purchase a copy here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-windows-10.
If you previously upgraded to Windows 10 on this PC and you’re reinstalling it, you don’t need to enter a product key. Your copy of Windows 10 will automatically activate later using your digital license.
- When Windows 10 is ready to install, you’ll see a recap of what you’ve chosen, and what will be kept through the upgrade. Select Change what to keep to set whether you would like to Keep personal files and apps, or Keep personal files only, or choose to keep Nothing during the upgrade.
- Save and close any open apps and files you may be running, and when you’re ready, select Install.
- It might take some time to install Windows 10, and your PC will restart a few times. Make sure you don’t turn off your PC.
- Once it’s installed, you can head to the Settings > Update & Security > Activation screen. You’ll see that your system is “activated with a digital license.”
If you sign in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, that license will be linked to your Microsoft account, making it even easier to reactivate Windows 10 on your PC if you ever need to install it.