"For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 Pro is the recommended path forward. Surface devices are faster and lightweight, and more powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago," said Microsoft.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on January 20, 2020

Microsoft is telling its 400 million Window 7 device users that it is better to buy a new PC rather than upgrade their existing devices after announcing that it would no longer support the Windows 7 operating system.

Two days away from the deadline for the “end-of-support” for the Windows 7 system, Microsoft has published a full-page article advising users to switch to Surface, MS Power User reported.

“For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 Pro is the recommended path forward. Surface devices are faster and lightweight, and more powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago,” Microsoft stated.

The US multinational technology company also noted that it did not recommended to upgrade Windows 7 machines to Windows 10.

“We recommend that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability,” Microsoft said.

Microsoft added that Windows 7 users can continue using their devices. However there is a warning.

“You can continue to use Windows 7, but after support has ended, your PC will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Windows will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. Devices that run unsupported software are not protected,” Microsoft added.

Almost 400 million users are still on Windows 7, M S Power User reported.

Ideally Windows 7 users will need to either buy new Windows 10 devices or upgrade their devices to Windows 10 in two days.

The technology company, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, has not serviced Windows 7 since 14 January.

Business users do not have to buy Microsoft Surface for Business devices. There are plenty of devices that also run Windows 10.

However, if the business has computers still running Microsoft 7 then upgrade or switch to a new device.

“Computers running older operating systems like Windows 7 are very vulnerable to malware attacks which means that the cost of not upgrading could very well exceed the cost of replacing those older computers,” Forbes stated.