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Support for Windows 7 has ended

Now is the time to shift to Windows 10. Get robust security features, enhanced performance, and flexible management to keep your employees productive and secure.

Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. If you are still using Windows 7, your PC may become more vulnerable to security risks.


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Frequently asked questions

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Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

Yes, you can upgrade compatible Windows 7 PCs based on these requirements with a full license. To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10.

What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

You can continue to use Windows 7, but your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks. Windows will operate, but you will no longer receive security and quality updates. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for any issues.

Can Windows 7 still be activated?

Windows 7 can still be installed and activated even though support has ended. However, to avoid security risks and viruses, Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 10.

Will Internet Explorer still be supported on Windows 7?

Support for Internet Explorer on Windows 7 devices ended on January 14, 2020. As a component of Windows operating system, Internet Explorer follows the same support lifecycle.

Can I get a free upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft 365 Business Premium comes with a free upgrade for users with a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 Pro license on their device. By purchasing Microsoft 365 Business Premium, your users can upgrade all of their old Windows Pro licensed devices at no additional cost.

Does this also apply to Windows Embedded 7?

Some members of the Windows Embedded 7 product family have different support lifecycles. The earliest end of support date is January 14, 2020 and the others follow thereafter. For more details, see our product lifecycle page.

Are there alternatives that give me extra time to complete my migration while keeping my people safe?

For users of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise, you can purchase extended security updates through January 2023. For an in-depth FAQ about Windows 7 extended security updates, please visit the IT Pro FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7.

How will the end of support for Windows 7 affect my organization’s Microsoft Office apps?

Your experience may be different depending on the Office version you’re using. To learn more, see Windows 7 end of support and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise.

 

As a reminder, support for Office 2010 will end on October 13, 2020. If your computer is running Office 2010, it will no longer receive security updates. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Office 2010 technical support. Therefore, it's important that you move to our latest productivity software such as Office 365, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer.

Where can I learn more about Windows 7 end of support?

Please see the IT Pro FAQ about the end of support for Windows 7 for more details.

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