How Long Will Windows 7 Last?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I have windows 7 home premuim.

How long will it be before I would have to change it to another version of windows, or could I keep this for a long time?


Dear Will,

According to Microsoft, it will be safe to continue using Windows 7 until January 14, 2020.

After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.

If you are running Windows 7 on a computer that is already a couple of years old, by the time 2020 comes, if the computer is still running, it will be 6 or more years old.
Since the average computer currently lasts about 5 years, I would plan on replacing the computer with a new one running Windows 10 at that time.



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