January 21, 2020 By King
Windows 10 continues to be a buggy mess, but its big secret is it remains a free-to-upgrade mess. And now Microsoft has warned 200M users this upgrade is essential, and you need to listen.
Picked up by the ever-alert Windows Latest, Microsoft has started sending strongly worded, full screen upgrade warnings to all Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate users. According to best calculations, that equates to approximately 200M users worldwide:
“Your Windows PC is out of support,” states Microsoft’s full-screen alert. “As of January 14, 2020 support for Windows 7 has come to an end. Your PC is [now] more vulnerable to viruses and malware due to: No security updates, No Software updates, No tech support. Microsoft strongly recommends using Windows 10 on a new PC for the latest security features and protection against malicious software.”
It’s a stark, and potentially expensive, warning from Microsoft but it isn’t hyperbole. These threats are very real and the lack of any future updates mean Windows 7 is now the number one target for hackers worldwide because they know the holes they find will not be patched.
I fully sympathise with anyone who loves Windows 7, but it is no longer a safe place to store your data. Here are some of the best laptop deals available right now:
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – Best Buy (i3 version) – $649 (save $310) – Best Buy – shop deal now / Costco (i5 version – bundle) – $1,299.99 (save $300) – shop deals now
- ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 – Black – $1,499 (save $1,250) – Lenovo – shop deal now
- Lenovo 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD 3.7GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD – (typically $557.64) – $358.99 – Amazon – shop deal now
- Lenovo 14 (Latest Model) – 14-inch FHD Anti-Glare Display, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, HD Webcam, HDMI, USB-C – $217.58 (save $181.42) – Amazon – shop deal now
If you can’t afford a new laptop, however, the good news is all Windows 7 users with a genuine licence key can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This despite Microsoft claiming free upgrades ended over three years ago and charging prices starting from $139. Here’s a guide showing how you do it.
In the meantime, Microsoft has promised to make fundamental changes to improve Windows 10 updates and some of those improvements are rolling out now. I can’t promise you trouble-free time on Windows 10, but I can promise you’ll be a lot safer.