upnorth

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Cyber-security experts are urging Windows 7 users to upgrade their operating system. Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7 from Tuesday so that it can focus on "newer technologies". As a result, Windows 7 users will no longer receive the all-important security updates and patches that keep their machines safe. One in four Windows users is running Windows 7, according to statistics website StatCounter.

What does this all mean?

It means that Microsoft is ending the cat-and-mouse game with hackers seeking to exploit software bugs in the Windows 7 operating system. If perpetrators find a flaw in Windows 7, Microsoft will not fix it. Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware, Microsoft wrote on its website. "Running an unpatched machine means that the flaws in the code will never be fixed and as exploits for those flaws become known and widespread, your chances of being successfully attacked grow very rapidly," said Rik Ferguson, vice-president of security research at Trend Micro. David Emm, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, added that people need to move to a supported operating system as soon as possible.
 

Umbra

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Any security-oriented/aware home user in his right mind will upgrade to Windows 10, no one would stay on a crappy and vulnerable OS renowned to be the main target and vector of so many serious large scale infections...

Now if security isn't your priority, just keep WinCrap7, enjoy its vintage design and keep installing tons of security tools just to achieve a semblance of security which Windows 10 offers out-of-the-box...
 

sg09

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I upgraded one last laptop in our home running Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 10 Home for free last week. Windows 10 has come of age in these years and gives much better experience than when it were launched.

It's noteworthy that users in older configuration may face some performance issues. In my case that Age old HP Pavilion dv4-2113tu has only 2GB RAM, and I had to install CleanMem Pro to somewhat normalize the situation. I Plan to upgrade the RAM in future.
 

Cortex

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I've upgraded 3 family / friends? PC's to 10 from 7 in the last few weeks, one also had just 2 gig of memory, after sorting startup it ran reasonably well? in the end I was able to up the memory off eBay or well under $10 - The owner had good sentimental reasons for keeping the PC & its OK now, all of them had free activation from MS - IMO no good reason to stay with 7.
 

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you don’t have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has quietly continued the free upgrade offer for the last few years. You can still upgrade any PC with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license to Windows 10.
 

Dhruv2193

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You may continue using it till the time most or all or some or one of your required/needed latest versions apps do not end end their support. I personally believe around 2 years, Windows 7 can be run- but just my opinion.