Microsoft is no stranger to these notifications, as it has previously sent out similar popups to Windows XP users when the operating system was being phased out. It also used similar — and lesser proactive — notifications when Windows 10 was first introduced. Unfortunately, the company faced heavy criticism from the public in the months thereafter.
Despite Windows 7 being 10 years old, the operating system remains popular and was only surpassed in marks share by Windows 10 in January. As a result, Microsoft will still provide paid extended Windows 7 security updates for businesses and enterprises past January 14, 2020. But, general consumers are not included. This means you will need to out and purchase a new Windows laptop or pay for a new Windows 10 license after that date in order to keep your PC safe from viruses and other security threats.
There are currently great options for new Windows 10 laptops and desktops, from all the major brands. And, if you’re not happy with how Windows 10 feels, there are ways to change it so it looks more like Windows 7.