Is it really bad to keep using Windows 7?

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  1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
    Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks ago

    Now that official support had ended, do I really have to give up my old OS?

    Windows is very pushy about saying I should just buy a new computer, and not even bother upgrading, even though they also were very pushy about trying to get me to upgrade my existing system to Windows 10 for free a couple of years ago.

    Their official site wants $135 for an upgrade to 10 now, or I can buy one for about $12 on eBay. Do I really need it, and is it safe to by it on eBay?

    1. profile image60
      techynewzposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      No don't buy it on eBay it will hacked your all details make a call right now at 1-888-983-4006 I know you have concerns for money but if you want to secure your all data from hackers so no worry about money call official support number 1-888-983-4006 they will charge you and will provide you latest updated OS with full security features

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image98
        FatFreddysCatposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        I detect the distinct odor of...

        https://hubstatic.com/13663275.jpg

    2. bravewarrior profile image93
      bravewarriorposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      Sherry, I didn't buy a new computer. I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 online the weekend before support for 7 ceased (1/14/2020). I wasn't even asked to pay. I don't know if it's because I upgraded before the 14th, or for the simple reason that if you have a Windows 7 license, you can upgrade for free.

      I've had my laptop for eight years now. I'm not about to go buy a new one when it works just fine.

      Windows 10 is not as user friendly as Windows 7, but 7 will no longer receive updates and/or support. For that reason alone, I upgraded.

      Try the upgrade from the official Windows website. Chances are you won't have to pay. Go into Microsoft.com/Windows 10 and choose the upgrade option.

      1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
        Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        Nope, it's $139. According to the website, "There was a promotional free upgrade offer available when Windows 10 first released, but that offer expired July 29, 2016."

        Maybe you just "slipped in through the window."

        1. bravewarrior profile image93
          bravewarriorposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

          Sherry, I upgraded this past weekend. I went into "upgrade" and was able to do so without paying. Check out this link and look for videos. Just make sure you upgrade from Microsoft and some other techy site.

          https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how … 0-upgrade/

          1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
            Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

            Did your computer keep all of it's old files?

            1. bravewarrior profile image93
              bravewarriorposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

              yes.

              1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
                Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                Thanks very much for this info. I have backed up all my important files just in case, and I will give it a shot.

                1. bravewarrior profile image93
                  bravewarriorposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                  :-) Let me know if you're able to upgrade without paying.

                  1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
                    Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

                    It worked! Thanks very much. I bet all those people selling this on eBay used this method to get the update.

  2. Sherry Hewins profile image93
    Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks ago

    I don't know why I would trust you over an eBay seller with good feedback.

    1. sallybea profile image96
      sallybeaposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

      I heard some horror stories today about people buying things on e-bay where either the programs or the computers were infected with malware and other nasties.  I would definitely avoid after listening to the radio program, subject internet fraud.  Stay safe.

      1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
        Sherry Hewinsposted 4 weeks agoin reply to this

        I appreciate the advice, but I would really like to hear the opinion of someone who is very computer savvy. I know that everything official that's being put out is totally scary.

        I used to work at a company who used Windows XP long after support was discontinued. In fact, when I left there in 2017 they were still using it.

  3. lucytaylor01 profile image46
    lucytaylor01posted 2 weeks ago

    After January 14, 2020 if you still have Windows 7 on your PC, it isn’t that you won’t be able to operate it. You will still be able to operate it, but you wouldn’t receive any free security patches for Microsoft.

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image93
      Sherry Hewinsposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      I understand that. I'm just wondering how big of a problem that will be. What about antivirus software, will that be enough to protect a computer running Windows 7?

      I have upgraded to Windows 10 at this point. For anyone still on the fence, it wasn't a huge difference in my experience using the computer.

      1. Venkatachari M profile image59
        Venkatachari Mposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        I am still continuing using my Windows 7 (Ultimate N) and no problem is being witnessed. I have the Avast free antivirus software to protect to some extent.
        But, one thing that I wonder is, I am still getting the daily updates. 2 updates daily right from the day they ended their support. Is it because of my updating the XP version to Ultimate version through a registered copy of the Ultimate N version that I got through my son who is a member of The Windows Club (TMC website)?

        I switched to the Ultimate N version 2 or 3 years ago.

 
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