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Windows 7: Windows 7 End Support - Making transition to Windows 10 and Office 365

12 Mar 2019   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Windows 7 End Support - Making transition to Windows 10 and Office 365

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After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020, with Office 2010 following shortly thereafter. We are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and answer questions that you may have about end of support.

End of support means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates. But, there’s good news – Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever and Office 365 delivers the latest in personal productivity. Together they make a perfect pair to help you do everything you were doing before – safer, faster and easier.

To help our customers get advanced notice of this change, we are reaching out with information and resources. Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC. This is a courtesy reminder that you can expect to see a handful of times in 2019. By starting the reminders now, our hope is that you have time to plan and prepare for this transition. These notifications are designed to help provide information only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you’ll be able to select an option for “do not notify me again,” and we will not send you any further reminders. Just as software has changed over the years, so has hardware. To learn more about the latest line-up of modern PCs and information for moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10, just click on the “learn more” button on the notification.

If you want to get started today, you can visit www.microsoft.com/windows7 to find out more. The transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 has never been simpler and this site is designed to help you along that journey. The content available will help you with data transfer to easily get your photos and documents onto a new PC. It will also show you tips for choosing a new device and getting up to speed quickly with the familiar but newer versions of Windows and Office. Once you have started with a new device, online support is always a single click away – whenever you’re ready, we’re here to help. You can also visit a physical Microsoft Store for help with any technology issue no matter where you purchased the device.

For commercial customers, you’ve been on this journey for a while now. Check out this blog post from January or go here to learn more about the shift to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365 – including Windows 10 and Office 365 – for your business.

Thank you to all of you who have loved Windows 7 and Office 2010 and for letting us serve you and be part of your lives. We’re grateful for your loyalty and we’re here to help you through this transition.

Thanks,
Matt


Source: Making the transition to Windows 10 and Office 365 | Windows Experience Blog

See also:
Windows 10 Help Forums


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12 Mar 2019   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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12 Mar 2019   #3
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

"These notifications are designed to help provide information only and if you would prefer not to receive them again, you’ll be able to select an option for do not notify me again, and we will not send you any further reminders."

That's what they should've added to the Windows 10 GWX update!
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12 Mar 2019   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

Still trying to sucker in a billion users so they can start renting it out or something even more dastardly.
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13 Mar 2019   #5
svnfrms2r

w7u64
 
 

Where is the list of all the things that do not work anymore in windows 10 compared to windows 7 or windows xp? And was windows 10 not also forcing users to upgrade to a certain hardware, and once on it, the old 7 and xp would not work on it anymore? Someone called it "update rape" or "upgrade rape", either way, it is worse than deceitful medieval landlords who come smiling to invite into a new home while moving costs hundreds of hours of installing, adjustments, fixing, etc to get a system with dozens (or much more) programs to work smoothly (again!), and that is not even speaking of the significant investments made over the years into software and hardware that is being made obsolete by greedy, uninspired, dishonest digital robber barons and electronic highwaymen!
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

I have reluctantly started to think about this. It irritates me no end that I am in this position as I bought my first laptop with Win 7 and MS Office 2007 in 2012 and all have served me well. I don't want to change. OK, so now I've got the grumbles out of the way, what to do?

Do I upgrade to Win 10 when there seems to be much negativity about it? If I upgrade will my documents, music, photos be preserved?

And software, I have Office 2007 and no wish to change it. It works perfectly for my needs.

I have had a look at Linux which seems tempting in some areas, no telemetry for instance, but not sure if my lack of computer knowledge is going to be up to it.

Also, could I keep using Windows 7 and get the premium version of MalwareBytes to protect me?

At the moment, it all feels like too much hard work to replace something which doesn't need replacing.

LevelBest
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

As I have said in previous threads, there is no reason to stop using Win 7. As long as you have a system image [preferably 2] and backup your data and files on a regular basis, if the OS gets corrupted etc you can restore the system image, data and files and you are back to square one in next to no time at all!
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4 Weeks Ago   #8
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

The best thing to do is try it out for yourself. You can only know if it suits your needs if you try it out.
Try setting it up in a Virtual Machine, install it for 30 days, you don't need a key to do that. Play around with it, and see what you think.

I'm personally not a fan of 10 myself, at least how it is in it's current form. But, I would never tell people not to use it, that's down to personal choice.

I will continue to use 7 and 8.1 for a while. I'm sure there will be many using 7 for a while, as it's still on around 40% of PCs worldwide.
Linux could be an option, I've gradually started to use it a lot more over the past 12 months.

I did use Office 2007 for a while, but I've found myself using LibreOffice a lot more now. I don't know if it would meet advanced users needs, but for everything I do in Office 2007, I can do just the same in LibreOffice. Again, try it out and see what you think.

I've found myself moving away from a lot of MS consumer products these days. I don't use any of their services now, besides Windows of course. I don't use any of their music services or apps from their store. In fact, I don't even have the store installed on 8.1, I stripped all the metro stuff out. I don't even use OneDrive now.

I'm a long time PlayStation guy since the PS1, so I don't have an XBox and have never owned one.
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4 Weeks Ago   #9
LevelBest

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thank you, both.

Paul: I do all of that in any case as good practice.

I have had a look at Linux and how to have a look at it via the key to see if it meets my needs.

The other option, as you say 40% of users still have Win7, if I paid for the premium version of MalwareBytes, would that protect the computer? I don't do a huge amount of buying online, but I would not want to be at risk.

LB
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4 Weeks Ago   #10
Brds7t7

Win 7 Ultimate, Win 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LevelBest View Post
Thank you, both.

Paul: I do all of that in any case as good practice.

I have had a look at Linux and how to have a look at it via the key to see if it meets my needs.

The other option, as you say 40% of users still have Win7, if I paid for the premium version of MalwareBytes, would that protect the computer? I don't do a huge amount of buying online, but I would not want to be at risk.

LB
I haven't used any MalwareBytes version past 3.4.4 as every version after that seems to slow my PC to a crawl. Could be just a conflict with something else I have installed, but I've never had the patience to look into it. I don't tinker around with PCs as much as I used to, and just want things that work these days - wishful thinking, I know!

I think MalwareBytes do a trial version though, so you could try that out too. There are plenty of ways to protect your PC and good online common sense also helps a lot. Just be careful what you're browsing and downloading.

There are still people using XP after its support ended in 2014. I did have it running in a VM still until last year, when I finally decided I just didn't use it much anymore.
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