Windows 10 user numbers continue to boom at an ever-increasing rate and there may be a simple reason why it’s growing in popularity.
In just a few months time, Microsoft will end all Windows 7 support meaning those who still use this ageing software won’t receive any new updates or security patches.
Not hitting the upgrade button before January 14 2020, could be hugely costly for Windows 7 users as their PCs might become much easier to for cybercriminals to attack.
They will also miss out on all the new features that continue to be pushed out by Microsoft.
Although it’s clear that updating is a wise choice, there is a very high price to pay for anyone wanting to make the switch to Windows 10.
Microsoft’s free upgrade ran out a while ago meaning anyone moving across to the new OS will need to pay and it’s not cheap.
Those wanting Windows 10 Home edition will need to pay £119.99 which is licensed to one PC.
This price rises to £219.99 for Windows 10 Pro and £339 for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
It’s unclear if Microsoft will run any kind of price cuts or promotions nearer to the Windows 7 end date but, for now, you will face a pretty hefty bill if you want to upgrade.
Explaining more about the end of Windows 7, the US firm said: “Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. “When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences.
“The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.
“Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available.
“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.”