In just a little less than nine months, Windows 7 will finally reach end-of-life status. The sad reality is that the OS will no longer be supported unless users are willing to cough up some cash to upgrade to Windows 10. As a result, if you’re running the OS, chances are good that new hardware will not have the support it needs.
A (Not So) Gentle Reminder
For those old enough to remember, when Windows XP was nearing its final run, Microsoft implemented a popup screen that would let the user know they needed to upgrade their OS. This ‘nag’ screen would provide users with the opportunity to upgrade or learn more about what to expect when the operating system reaches end-of-life.
Unsurprisingly, Microsoft plans on implementing these little bundles of joy to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10 starting in April. When users start to see these prompts, Microsoft at least gives them the option to silence them. Users will see a “do not notify me again” setting. Of course, with nearly a third of all Windows PCs still running Windows 7, it’s not likely that every user will upgrade before Microsoft stops supporting it.
While those using a single PC version can expect to see ‘nag’ screens, what isn’t known is whether commercial businesses will see them. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Microsoft doesn’t give admins the ability to turn the notifications off for end users, but the software giant has yet to define how this situation will be handled.
Additionally, Office 2010 will no longer receive support at the end of 2019. As both Windows 7 and Office 10 reach their respective ends-of-life, it might make sense for you to start migrating to newer versions. If so, take a moment to reach out to PC Geeks, who can help you along the way.