Windows 7 end of support life date is less than a year away
January 14th, 2020 is the day the support / Windows Update come to an end for Windows 7. On this date the last set of Windows Updates will become available.
January 14th, 2020 is the day the support / Windows Update come to an end for Windows 7. On this date the last set of Windows Updates will become available. Microsoft however has already removed a number of useful Windows 7 knowledge based (KB) articles from the web. Could this be an early attempt to drive users to Windows 10?
You may remember that Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009 and successfully replaced the ill-fated Widows Vista which was not very successful in getting people to move off of Windows XP. Windows 7 still has about 40% of the market share which is slightly less than Windows 10 and getting users to make the move to 10 may not be an easy task for Microsoft.
Windows 7 only had one major update which was Service Pack 1 (SP1) released on February 22nd, 2011. There was also a “Convenience rollup KB3125574 “ This rollup package includes most updates that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, through April 2016 which made it easier to install updates after a fresh install of Windows 7 with SP1.
So what is the solution for my computer? Implement a “Dual Boot” Windows 7 / Windows 10 based system. Any programs that don’t work on Windows 10 will still run on Windows 7. I’ll have a third “Shared” partition on the Solid State Drive (SSD) for use with not only my Outlook .pst file which contains all my Email but also makes it easy to move file back and forth between 7 and 10.
Note that the article was written when Windows 10 was still in a “Preview” state but the concepts are the same.
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