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Support for Windows 7 is nearing the end

After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020. 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.

What does end of support mean?

When Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020, your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:

  • Technical support for any issues
  • Software updates
  • 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. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended.

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What can I do to prepare?

From backing up your files to finding a computer that fits your needs, we've got tools to help you transition with ease.

1. Check out the latest PCs

Not only are new modern PCs fast (thanks to solid state drives) and durable with batteries that last longer, the average price for a great PC is considerably less than it was 5-10 years ago.

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2. Back up your files and photos

Save your personal files and photos to OneDrive or to an external hard drive. Follow this link to learn all the different ways to move your files.

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3. Get tips on Windows 10

We think you’ll feel right at home on a new PC with Windows 10, but if you have any questions or want to learn more, we have lots of tips and tutorials available.

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What’s new with Windows?

Life happens fast and with Windows 10 by your side, you can easily keep up. Windows 10 computers provide on average up to 28% faster startups1, built-in security, and the apps you love.

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Thinner, lighter, and faster

With solid state drives and the latest technology, modern PCs offer faster speeds, security, durability, and great designs.

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Get new capabilities with a new computer

From touch screens, digital pens, and facial recognition, new PCs enable features that save you steps and are easy to use.

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Find the right PC for you

Expect more from a Windows 10 PC.

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Laptops under $600

You don’t have to pay a lot to get a lot.

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Long battery life

From Netflix4 to Minecraft, iTunes4 and more, whether you want to binge, browse, or buy, new computers provide long battery life.5

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15” screens

Looking for a computer with a larger display? Shop 15” or larger laptops and all-in-ones.

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Touchscreens

Most of us are familiar with touchscreens on our phones, and now you can have a touchscreen on a new Windows 10 computer.

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Windows 10 FAQ

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No. Support for Windows 7 will be discontinued, but the software will continue to function. After January 14, 2020, if your computer is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it's important that you move to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.


Windows 10 to upgrade an existing PC is available for purchase, however, PCs have changed substantially since Windows 7 was first released ten years ago. Today’s computers are faster, more powerful, and sleeker—plus they come with Windows 10 already installed!

We’d love to help find one that fits your needs and budget.

HELP ME CHOOSE A PCWhy Windows 10 Computers?

There was a promotional free upgrade offer available when Windows 10 first released, but that offer expired July 29, 2016.

You can purchase and download Windows 10 on your device today. Although, if your computer is more than three years old, it might be time to consider upgrading to a new device. We would love to help you find a computer that’s faster, safer, and delivers the new features Windows 10 has to offer before your current PC slows you down.

We’d love to help find one that fits your needs and budget.

FIND YOUR NEW WINDOWS 10 COMPUTERWhy Windows 10 Computers?

PCs originally built with Windows 7 are running 10-year-old technology. Windows 10 has many of the same features and capabilities from Windows 7 built into the experience. Once you move to a new PC, there will be many aspects of the experience that you will find familiar, but also with important innovations and capabilities that were not available ten years ago. Checkout these innovative new features available with Windows 10 on a new device:

  • Newer PC hardware that is faster, more capable, and more compatible with the latest industry technology.
  • To help you keep your device secure, you can take advantage of the latest security capabilities:
    • Get built-in security at no extra cost. Your Windows device comes with built-in security features, including firewall and internet protections to help safeguard against viruses, malware, and ransomware.
    • Sign in three times faster and forget your password.6 Just use your face or fingerprint, to securely and instantly unlock your computer.2
  • Enjoy a new way to interact with Windows beyond your mouse and keyboard. Most of us are familiar with touchscreens on our phones, and now many new PCs have a touchscreen on a new Windows 10 computer. With the touchscreen, you can also utilize pen technology to write and markup documents and websites. Touchscreens and pens allow you to zoom in, zoom out, quickly scroll, and sign documents.
  • The Photos app automatically organizes and tags your photos. Searching for photos is easy and fun. Looking for pictures you took at the beach? Just type “beach” into the search bar and all your beach photos appear.

Need more reasons? Checkout the list of features available with Windows 10.


Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever built, with comprehensive end-to-end security that covers antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more. This means more security features, dashboard displays, and ongoing updates3 to help safeguard against future threats—all built-in at no extra cost.

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There are multiple versions of Windows 10, so whether your PC is for personal, professional, or educational use, there’s a perfect match for you.

Windows 10 Home is the perfect operating system for personal and household use, while Windows 10 Pro offers all the familiar features of Windows 10 Home, plus additional features such as BitLocker, remote desktop, and domain join to support professionals.

For individuals seeking enhanced security and performance in and outside the office, there is Windows 10 in S mode. Windows 10 in S mode keeps you running fast and more secure day in and day out, by only using verified apps from the Microsoft Store.

COMPARE VERSIONS OF WINDOWS 10

It’s easy to bring your files and photos to a new PC using OneDrive, a cloud storage service. With internet access and a few clicks, you can back up and protect your files online in the cloud and then, when you’re ready, sync onto a new PC. Syncing the files between your new PC and the cloud allows you to store the file locally for offline use when you don’t have internet access as well as on the OneDrive service in the cloud where you can restore them if something happens. OneDrive can automatically keep the two versions in sync as changes are made.

LEARN HOW TO MOVE FILES WITH ONEDRIVE

Note: these instructions are designed for Windows 7 users. The OneDrive client came with Windows 8 so users with Windows 8 and 8.1 devices can use these same instructions but skip the part about installing the app.

If OneDrive is not the best fit for you, you can use an external hard drive or the Windows Backup & Restore feature. Head to aka.ms/MoveToWindows10 to learn how.


If you're moving to a new Windows 10 PC, you can easily move your Internet Explorer favorites with you. These instructions will guide you through moving IE favorites onto Microsoft Edge, the faster, safer way to get things done on the internet. Windows 10 still comes with the Internet Explorer 11 browser you’re probably familiar with. However, it also includes Microsoft Edge, the safer, faster browser designed specifically for Windows 10.

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Yes. Windows 10 features our innovative and responsive Windows Ink technology that empowers you with a pen that flows as fast as your ideas. Draw, take notes, navigate, and doodle: tap into your creative potential and power productivity with Windows Ink. Windows Ink is only available on pen-capable tablets and PCs. The digital pen may be sold separately.

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Unlock your Windows 10 device with our password-free sign-in capability, Windows Hello. Use your face, fingerprint, or companion device2 to unlock your Windows 10 computer in the fastest, most secure way. On devices that support Windows Hello, users can automatically bypass the login screen without typing a password.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS HELLOFIND A DEVICE THAT SUPPORTS WINDOWS HELLO


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


After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new device with Windows 10 preinstalled, which, among other benefits, can provide the latest security features and updates to help keep you and your data safer.


As part of our standard lifecycle support policies, Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009.


Windows 10 is designed to have updates delivered continuously, so as long as your PCs hardware takes any updates provided, you will remain supported. For more details including limitations to the timeline, please see this Windows 10 lifecycle policy page.


You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive security or other updates from Microsoft.


1 Source: Microsoft Customer Usage & Satisfaction Program – US FY18 (Q1-Q4).

2 Windows Hello requires specialized hardware including a Windows Hello capable device, fingerprint reader, illuminated IR sensor or other biometric sensors and capable devices.

3 For the supported lifetime of the device.

4 Subscription Required.

5 Based on average times of selected devices; battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.

6 Based on average time comparison between typing a password respectively detecting a face or fingerprint to authentication success.