Microsoft has announced that on January 14, 2020, support for Windows 7 will end. Microsoft technical support and automatic updates will end on this date, and platform updates for Microsoft Security Essentials will cease as well.

Major hardware manufacturers recommend that you begin the process of moving to Windows 10 if your computer has been tested for upgrade to Windows 10.

If your computer has NOT been tested for upgrade, it is not recommended to upgrade to Windows 10. Consider purchasing a new PC with Windows 10 that will receive regular security updates. Alternately, if your computer supports a non-Windows operating system, you can install that operating system if it is still supported and secure.

Check the website of your hardware manufacturer (e.g. Dell, Lenovo, Acer, HP, etc) for options to upgrade to Windows 10.

For questions about activating Windows 10 after upgrade, refer to Microsoft’s articles, “Find Your Windows Product Key” or “Activate Windows 10.”

For more information about Microsoft’s support retirement for Windows 7, visit the Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life Support page.