Gary Helm

Microsoft ended support of Windows 7 in January 2020.

What does this mean for users like you?

With approximately 40% of computers still running on Windows 7, will you be forced to upgrade to Windows 10?
Most Independent Support persons like myself will not abandon you, but Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7.

In the long run, not receiving security updates will leave your computer less secure and more vulnerable to attacks.
Of course your first line of defense, your firewall, anti-virus and anti-malware will in some cases continue providing your basic security.

I recently provided support for a person using Windows XP, and Microsoft ended support for XP in 2014.
The computer was working fine, meeting the special needs of the person using the computer, and he was happy to not spend thousands of dollars for the specialty software he needed to run.

There were many reasons for continuing to use Windows 7 instead of adopting Windows 10. Personnally my biggest reason was Microsoft went to a "subscription" instead of "license" with Windows 10. And another reason is, I have some software that simply does not work on Windows 10, so instead of loosing use of that software I will continue using Windows 7 cautiously.
There are many other reasons as well. I can continue using hardware that is not campatible with Windows 10. And I don't have to go to the expense of upgrading my Windows 7 to Windows 10.

How many versions of Windows 10 have there been, that are no longer supported?

Windows 10 was dubbed the last operating system Microsoft would make - but in fact Microsoft comes out with new versions of Windows 10 every few months.
Microsoft has already ended support of most early versions of Windows 10, and support for the current version of Windows 10 will end in May 2020.
Even Windows 8.1 will continue to be supported longer than the current version of Windows 10.

When Windows 10 came out Microsoft offered free upgrades for Windows 8.1 and professional versions of Windows 7, but like myself many people did not upgrade.
And what about all the people who did not have Professional versions of Windows. They are still out there. Yes, maybe they can be upgraded but at a cost of buying the new operating system.
Whatever your reason for not upgrading, I will continue providing support for Windows 7 and other older operating systems.

What does Microsoft ending support of Windows 7 mean for you? I wish it was as simple as, you will stop receiving updates from Microsoft, but that may not be all there is to it.
I have recently read articles where Microsoft will be "applying tough-love" to those of use who refuse to give up our Windows 7 and forcing us to upgrade to a "modern oprating system".
I will find out more about that and let you know.

In the meantime I will continue providing support for Windows 7, as well as other versions of Microsoft operating systems.