Support for Windows 7 is ending

After January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.

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What does end of support mean?

If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide the following support for your business.

No technical support

No software updates

No security updates

To avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends you upgrade to Windows 10.


Upgrade to Windows 10

Windows 10 gives your organization advanced security, deployment methods, compatibility tools, and productivity features.

Microsoft 365

Empower people in your organization to be creative and work together securely.

Windows 10 deployment resources

Small business checklist

Upgrade your devices to Windows 10 and Office 365 with help from our quickstart checklist.

App compatibility

Use our app directory to ensure your apps are ready and compatible with Windows 10.

IT pro community

Find content IT pros need to evaluate, plan, deploy, secure, and manage devices running Windows 10.

Windows Insider program

Get the latest features as they’re available and give us feedback to help make Windows 10 even better.

Find a partner

Contact a Microsoft certified partner to help transition your business to Windows 10.

Windows Virtual Desktop

Deliver a full multi-session Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus virtual experience on any device.

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Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.

You can continue to use Windows 7, but once support ends your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will stop receiving security and feature updates.

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated after support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends that you consider upgrading to Windows 10.

Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle.

Microsoft 365 Business comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.

There are a number of members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family with different support lifecycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter. For more details, see our product lifecycle page.

For users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise, you can purchase extended security updates through January 2023. For an in-depth FAQ about Windows 7 Extended Security Updates, please download the Microsoft end of support FAQ.

Your experience may be different depending on the Office version you’re running. To learn more, see Windows 7 end of support and Office 365 ProPlus.

End of support for other products

Know when to upgrade. To find end of support dates for other Microsoft products, click here.