Windows 7 is officially coming to an end. Here's what you should do next, from backup to upgrades

Users will stop receiving software updates, technical support, and - most importantly - any kind of security update or fix when Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7.

We all love upgrades, but every now and then, there comes a product so convenient to use that we would rather stay loyal than opt for the next best. Microsoft's Windows 7 was one such operating system that has remained popular among users despite the tech giant rolling out two subsequent upgrades, Windows 8.1 (a not-so-popular OS) and Windows 10.

However, the era of Windows 7 is officially coming to an end, as Microsoft starts notifying users about withdrawal of support for this version of the OS.

“After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020,” said the US-based tech company. “We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about end of support.”

If you are a Windows user, you have one whole year (almost) to upgrade the OS and, if required, even your systems to continue enjoying a hassle-free experience. By not doing so, at least by the start of January 2020 when Microsoft actually pulls the plug on Windows 7, you will stop receiving software updates, technical support, and most importantly, any kind of security updates or fixes.

“While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware,” the software company explained.

The best way to stay up to date is by switching to Windows 10 – the most recent version from Microsoft – and the “best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC”.

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Between switching to the new OS and upgrading your system, chances are you would be needing some support with backing up all your data, files, and documents from your old system. Thankfully for users, Microsoft is taking care of all this with a step-by-step guide that includes detailed instructions on moving to a Windows 10 PC.

For more information, you can check the support deck on the official website.

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