Microsoft Issues Serious Windows 10 Upgrade Warning For Windows 7’s 200M Users

January 21, 2020 By King

Microsoft Issues Serious Windows 10 Upgrade Warning For Windows 7’s 200M Users

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
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  • Lenovo 15.6-inch HD Laptop, AMD 3.7GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD – (typically $557.64) – $358.99 – Amazon – shop deal now
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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.

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