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Windows 7: What To Do After Jan 2020

22 Feb 2018   #1
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 
What To Do After Jan 2020

After extended support ends in Jan 2020, I don't know what to do. I like Windows 7 but don't like Windows 10. What are you people going to do for security, etc who are planning to stick with Win 7 for the duration?


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22 Feb 2018   #2
z3r010

 

Just suck it up and upgrade to Windows 10.
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22 Feb 2018   #3
JoWazzoo

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Just what I did with XP - keep using it. Anyway - hopefully I will be on Linus by then. FWIW - my old XP still runs fine. Highly secured. After 2020 M$ will likely issue super critical upgrades. But normal security upgrades will be done for. Never 10.
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23 Feb 2018   #4
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Linux Distro + W7 VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe Ciaravino View Post
After extended support ends in Jan 2020, I don't know what to do. I like Windows 7 but don't like Windows 10. What are you people going to do for security, etc who are planning to stick with Win 7 for the duration?
I've still got an XP install and some XP VMs for old games and other software.

I'll still be using W7 (or I'll use a W7 VM on a Linux Host) unless MS fixes W10:
  • Proper user control of Windows Update
  • Proper user control of Telemetry
  • Stop the endless stream of broken updates
  • Reduce the pointless upgrades from biannually to annually (and actually test them)
  • etc.
I have plenty of W7 Backup Images in case of problems.

I also have W7 VMs that I can run on a Linux Mint Host with VMware Player.
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23 Feb 2018   #5
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Why do you think you need to do something special?
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23 Feb 2018   #6
Joe Ciaravino

Win 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
I've still got an XP install and some XP VMs for old games and other software.

I'll still be using W7 (or I'll use a W7 VM on a Linux Host) unless MS fixes W10:
  • Proper user control of Windows Update
  • Proper user control of Telemetry
  • Stop the endless stream of broken updates
  • Reduce the pointless upgrades from biannually to annually (and actually test them)
  • etc.
I have plenty of W7 Backup Images in case of problems.

I also have W7 VMs that I can run on a Linux Mint Host with VMware Player.
Now THAT'S a good idea! My computer is dual boot Win 7/UBUNTU.
I run a XP VM on the Win 7 side with VM Ware.

I'm not an expert so can I run a Win 7 VM on UBUNTU. If so, what do I use to create the VM?
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23 Feb 2018   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Just suck it up and upgrade to Windows 10.
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23 Feb 2018   #8
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe Ciaravino View Post
Now THAT'S a good idea! My computer is dual boot Win 7/UBUNTU.
I run a XP VM on the Win 7 side with VM Ware.

I'm not an expert so can I run a Win 7 VM on UBUNTU. If so, what do I use to create the VM?
You can run a Windows VM on a Linux Host (like Ubuntu).

There are various VM Managers (VMware, VirtualBox, Qemu, etc.).

I use VMware Player on a Linux Mint Host to run Windows and Linux VMs.
VMware Player is free for non-commercial use.

Here is a tutorial about creating a Zorin VM (creating a Windows VM is basically the same).
VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin

Here is a docx file that I created a few years ago showing how to create a VM in VMware Player.
The pictures show Ubuntu but the description refers to XP:
Create an empty VHD in VMware Player.docx
When creating a VM, don't allocate all of your PCs RAM to the VM (leave a couple of GB for your Host OS).
Given your specs, you can safely allocate 4 GB to your VM (6 GB would probably be safe too).

Note:

You still need a valid MS Product Key for W7 to legally run Windows.


You can also create a Macrium Reflect Image of your existing W7 install and convert that to a VHD.
You can then use that to create a VM.
http://kb.macrium.com/KnowledgebaseA...x?Keywords=VHD

It may be tricky to get it running as you are dual booting.

I'd suggest that you create an image of your W7 install only.
You may need to use your W7 install disc to repair the VM to make the it boot.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Agreed.

Rewarding bad behaviour (by corporations, criminals, politicians and terrorists) only encourages further outrages.

If businesses and ordinary people treated W10 the same way they treated the W8 Series, MS would be forced to fix it properly.


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24 Feb 2018   #9
J.R.

W7PRO/ULT 32/64, W10PRO (NOT INSTALLED)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joe Ciaravino View Post
After extended support ends in Jan 2020, I don't know what to do. I like Windows 7 but don't like Windows 10. What are you people going to do for security, etc who are planning to stick with Win 7 for the duration?
Me.

Screw W10. IMO it's a bad operating system.
Any operating system that collects all your bits is wrong.
I plan on using W7 despite 2020 deadline.
IMO, W7 is still popular and hopefully the business community can make MSFT change their schedule.
Not holding my breath on that one; but screw MSFT and their W10.
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24 Feb 2018   #10
tetraps

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Assuming no major security vulnerabilities are revealed after January 2020, Win 7 should continue to be usable with good antivirus and smart web browsing habits.

Ideally I'd like to switch my main productivity/browsing/etc. to Linux and keep Win 7 around for whenever it's needed (mainly gaming).
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