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The BPI Bulletin - February 2020

Published on Monday, February 3, 2020

January 14th, 2020 = “End of Life” for Windows 7

Windows 7 is due to reach End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 in January 2015, with extended support running till 14 January 2020.  End of life is the term that Microsoft uses to identify the period when the company will no longer support an operating system or application. In this case, it means that, as of Jan.14, 2020, Microsoft will move on from Windows 7 and no longer patch security holes in the operating system.

Yes, you can continue using Windows 7 even after January 14, 2020. Windows 7 will start and run just like it's doing today. But we advise you upgrade to Windows 10 before 2020 as Microsoft won't provide technical support, software updates, security updates, and fixes after January 14, 2020.

How to check which version of Windows you're running

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Type "winver" --> press Enter.
  3. You should see the About Windows box with your Windows version information.

Windows 7 - 1Windows 7 - 2

Typically the icon on the desktop icon will look different also.

Windows 7 - 3Windows 7 desktop “Start” button is round with a colored windows symbol in it.

Windows 7 - 4Windows 10 desktop “Start” button is just the windows symbol in black and white (no color).

While you can no longer use the “Get Windows 10” tool to upgrade from within Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, it is still possible to download Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft and then provide a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 key when you install it. If it is a valid license key, Windows 10 will be installed and activated on your PC.  Note:  This would require a completely fresh install, wiping all files/programs that were previously on the PC.

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