Farewell, Windows 7

I am usually late to the party, when it comes to technology. I don’t always read emails from Microsoft either, I confess.

But I did read one recently, and although many of you will be well ahead of me on this subject, I thought to share the information anyway. As regular readers will recall, ‘planned obsolescence’ is one of my constant annoyances. It seems that Microsoft is about to jump on this bandwagon, regarding the Windows 7 operating system.

The email informed me that all support will be withdrawn from Windows 7 in January, 2020. There will be no further updates, security patches, or technical advice provided by the company. They did something similar with my old favourite, Windows XP, some years ago. Now having just got used to Windows 7 on my 2012 PC, it seems that I may well be forced to upgrade to Windows 10, to ensure a smooth experience of computing, without the dangers of no security, and no updates. They also hinted that ‘other applications’ would cease to be compatible with the ‘old system’.

For those of you comfortable with computers, Apple users, and the many of you who find computing as easy as falling off a log, this will probably not concern you in the least. But in my case, it represents just another annoying and unnecessary ‘forced upgrade’. The email also served as a blatantly cynical marketing ploy, suggesting that I buy a new computer early in 2020, or face electronic Armageddon if I remain stubborn. They provided links to numerous special offers that invited me to spend up to ยฃ700 on a new PC, or ยฃ450 on a laptop.

And what of the old equipment, that would end up being so much junk? Landfill, presumably.

So I ask these serious questions of my computer-savvy friends at WordPress.
Will I need to change my system?
Will remaining with Windows 7 be as potentially disastrous as implied?
Or can I just blunder on in the same old way, and ignore the warnings of Microsoft?

59 thoughts on “Farewell, Windows 7

  1. I didn’t read all the comments but I’m sure a few have said you will be fine and I concur. I still have a Windows 2000 PC running and regularly load up XP on old equipment. Maybe use something else like tablet or phone for internet banking or other sensitive applications, assuming that they are up to date.
    Your PC will not explode ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I have Windows 10 on my work laptop and it seems to be fine. Took a little bit of adjusting but no dramas. I had a MacBook in the past and hated it so I don’t have the Apple love that some of your other readers have. Mr O’s dad is still running a laptop on Windows XP and it’s become a stability nightmare and a massive security risk. I think eventually an update will be inevitable.

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  3. I am like you kj0wlittle about pcs….I will say my daughter uses an ibook and has never had to del with problems…..sounds like that prick Gates just wants us to spend more cash….chuq

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  4. I am a little bit nerdy about computers. Therefore i have a little collection of old and very old pc’s with the old operating systems too. For fun i am using them also connecting to the internet. Till now – really – i got no viruses. All important information, documents are not on the machine i am using for the internet. In my opinion you can use your “old” system in future too. But dont use it furthermore for important things like online banking. You can do so, when using emulated (free) Linux, which works inside you W7. Michael Btw: Are we discussing issues about our nature? WTF is Microsoft doing? Michael

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  5. As to using the OS – I really didn’t want to upgrade to 10 on my personal PC as I really liked 7. I used to build and repair computers for a local shop and 10 doesn’t give you as many convenient ways to get under the hood as 7 did. While there are ways to recoup some of 7’s look and such, the learning curve between 7 and 10 isn’t that steep so you should be ok on that score.

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  6. I just upgraded an old Windows Vista machine I had laying around to Win 10. It’s some pretty old iron, but for what I’m going to use it for it runs pretty well. (A Home Theater PC, basically a front-end that spits video out to a TV so I did have to add a really cheap-o video card) It’s running a 1.9Ghz cpu and 2G RAM so I installed the 32-bit version of W10 that only requires 1G RAM. If your machine is already running W7 than the upgrade should run just fine and you shouldn’t have to re-format the machine and can keep your programs and such.

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    1. Thanks very much for your advice, RC. I am very inexperienced with computers in general, and it seems the upgrade will cost around ยฃ120. That makes me wonder if it doesn’t make sense to just buy a new tower system for a lot less than ยฃ400. My current HP machine is 7 years old now, but runs well so far.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. I’ve been waiting until I had a chance to show your post to my husband and he says you do not have to buy a new computer or laptop. You can upgrade your existing machines to Windows 10 – so feel free to ignore the sly advertising. He’s in the process of updating many of his customers at the moment, who presumably all received the same email from Microsoft. He recommends you do upgrade. Give me a shout if you have any queries,

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    1. Thanks, Mary. My PC is 7 years old now, and an upgrade to Win 10 costs around ยฃ120 at the moment. I’m not sure if I would just be better off buying a new HP tower system for less than ยฃ350.
      (I don’t need a very powerful ‘gaming’ PC)
      Perhaps your husband has some thoughts on that?
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. He says you shouldn’t buy the upgrade licence from Microsoft but go online and search eBay for Windows 10. Very cheap. As for changing your computer he says if its working well and doing what you want it to do then there’s no need to change it.

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  8. I do hate Windows 10! And I do hate the big Windows 10 updates twice a year! The last big update destroyed the graphics card driver of my laptop. With Windows 7 I never ever had any problems. Some software, for example the SAM broadcaster, won’t work with Windows 10. And last but not least the touchpad of my laptop goes crazy after every update.

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  9. Hi Pete. As one of those tech ignorant old guys I clearly remember accessing the internet on my phone line. Yikes. Later my cable company offered hard wired internet access (still no wifi) I bought a state of the art desk top with XP, with everything hard wired. Computer, screen. speakers and printer. Years went by until slowly but surely XP support went away. Windows 7 was the new big deal.

    I continued on XP without support and slowly but surely I began having assorted problems. One day it finally died. I went out and bought an HP lap top, got wifi and a wireless printer, disconnected all the old stuff from the hard wires and put it in my garage. You may be able to go for awhile without support but in the long run you will probably need to upgrade. Before spending any money however certainly look into upgrading your current hardware. Good luck.

    PS – I have McAfee for security.

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    1. Thanks, Frank. I have a direct cable into the PC, which works well on fibre broadband. Wi-fi signal isn’t great in Norfolk. I had Macafee before, but uninstalled it when it tried to ‘take over’ everything on the computer. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. No offense to toritto, but McAfee and Norton IMHO are advertising-laden bloatware and I’ve uninstalled them on every machine I’ve worked on or built. Currently I use Avast, but there are several good free anti-virus programs out there.

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  10. I have to have a Windows laptop at work, and use Windows 10 on it. It took a bit of getting used to but I got there in the end, it isn’t too bad. I don’t agree with Jack, it was Windows 8 that had a lot of problems, 10 got itself sorted out a long time ago. However, there is no way in hell I’d use one at home for myself, my iMac and the appleโ€‹ OS is way better. I’ve had it 7 years now and never had a problem with it, though I think eventually I will have to have a new one when it’s too old to cope with the advances in tech.

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    1. Thanks, FR. I am getting a lot of different opinions, but I am aware that you know your way around a computer. I just can’t afford the silly prices for Apple. Maybe if I was still working.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  11. You must be doing something right for you don’t burn up machines or use them up as I do. There is a conflict between what Ron and David write. however, I suspect unless you are out there on a limb in the dark web (which I do not know how to get to) I think David may be correct and you will be fine until your hardware decides to cash in. When you do move to Windows Ten or the next generation, you can always insist on a classic windows shell to lay over it to make the transition almost seamless.
    Warmest regards, Theo

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  12. I will go kicking and screaming when they change our windows. I use “paint” often to draw my crafts and pictures. The new version, which I have on my computer at home only has 3 D paint and no shapes to use that are not 3 D. The ends and outs of the new version is different in how you get to your word documents. I would save everything on flash drive to put in the new version. I think I remember a couple of glitches where I had to retype my children’s manuscripts.

    The one thing that got on my nerves more than anything is I use Google at work and at home on the newer windows it goes Microsoft Bing. I can still get on Google but the site is not my main searcher.

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    1. Download Google Chrome as a free browser, Vicky. When prompted, make Chrome your main browser, and just ignore MSN. That’s what I did, years ago. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  13. I’ve heard so many negative things about Windows 10 that after I upgraded some time back, I trashed it and went back to windows 7. I’ll stick with Windows 7 as long as I can. After that, maybe I’ll follow my wife’s lead and buy an Apple computer, if I can afford to do so.

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    1. I just cannot afford an equivalent machine from Apple. They still attract outrageous prices here, and I am not sure if they are compatible with my current storage devices either.
      Thanks, David.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  14. I have an old Dell machine (desktop) which runs Windows Vista that has been unsupported for a while now (April 2017). I run ESET antivirus software on it, although I rarely connect this machine to the internet as I use it to run some old software that I can’t transfer. I would say that as long as you don’t need to install new software and that the browser and antivirus software you use runs on the platform then you don’t need to change. Saying that I had to upgrade to Windows 10 when I bought my new laptop and it is fine. Better than Windows 8 which was a horrible interface.

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  15. Eventually, it will become a security nightmare, Pete. As more and more viruses and malware is written for the unprotected OS, Anything on your computer will be open or unusable. I remember many years ago, learning to work on my computers. I connected to the internet with WindowsXP that had not installed the two (at the time) service packs. Remember those?

    Within two minutes, pages started coming up, I had not touched a key. Then I was disconnected. A call to my ISP, revealed they had shut down my connection, till I could clean out the viruses etc. There are bots out there, programs sunning on hacker computers, that scour the net looking for systems with known unpatched vulnerabilities. They found my non updated XP was a feast. I learned fast, to never connect an XP to the Internet without both service packs applied. It may take a few months, but that will eventually happen to our beloved Win7.

    What to do. There is no panacea, without a learning curve, many of us are seniors and fear we can’t do it. You can go with Apple, or Linux. Being tired of Microsofts way of doing things, I chose total freedom. I had Office databases that I had done, that would suddenly no longer open, because I held on to Office too long without upgrading. They databases are totally useless now, I didn’t think MS would stop supporting older files from older office versions. I was dumb.

    I went Linux four or five years ago, It was still a little touchy installing, but they have improved it so much, that I can put a USB thumb drive in a fresh computer, and have Linux installed in about 10 minutes. It reminds me of Win7, but even better. No clunky updates, constant scans etc. I’m going to do a post on my blog about it later.

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    1. Thanks, Ron. My technical skill is so poor, the thought of Linux makes me queasy! But I thank you for your comments about Windows 7 being attacked, so may get a new PC for Christmas after all. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  16. I converted to MAC several years back because of MSโ€™s forced upgrades and patches and the prevalence of viruses. My husband is a firm Windows guy because he loves to tinker with programming. He curses Windows 1 a lot, but he sticks with it.

    Sometimes the biggest problem is in the compatibility of browsers.

    What kind of other software do you run? If you have MS Office products, that might be a potential hurdle, too.

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    1. The only other thing I have is a free word document system called ‘Open Office’. I use Chrome as a browser, have Avira antivirus, and reserve Firefox as a backup. I like Apple computers, but they are three times as expensive as comparable Windows PCs here, so not affordable on my budget, Maggie.
      Unlike your husband, I don’t ‘tinker’. In fact, it is all I can do to manage my blog, emails, and general surfing. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  17. If you’ve got good virus software and don’t visit dodgy sites (???) or click links in emails then I would guess you’re ok for a while. I am on Windows 10, but still using Office 2007 which is now no longer supported and “retired”, yet I don’t plan to upgrade until forced to.

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    1. I have a good anti-virus, and a malware checker. The email implied that they wouldn’t work any longer. (Presumably because Microsoft won’t let them!) Grrr…
      Best wishes, Pete.

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