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[ExtremeTech] Reminder: Windows 7 Support Ends Tuesday, Jan. 14

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All good things come to an end, however, and on January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will reach its own. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7. While it’s possible that the company will make a bare handful of limited exceptions to this policy, as it has for Windows XP, it will no longer be providing regular updates in any form. The OS won’t stop working, but it will stop getting patches. That probably won’t matter much on February 1, but it could matter quite a bit within a year or two. Folks still using Windows 7 today have a few different options:

Install Windows 10: While Microsoft’s free upgrade program technically ended in July 2016, the company never actually bothered to end it. You can still upgrade a Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 system to Windows 10 for free. Use Microsoft’s Media Installation Tool and choose to upgrade your existing OS installation.
Source: https://www.extremetech.com/computin...tuesday-jan-14

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...load/windows10

Just a reminder, the 14th is TOMORROW! I didn't realize the end of windows 7 support had gotten this close. I wonder if we will hear an announcement tomorrow that they're extending support, as is often the case.

If you are still on windows 7 or 8, you can upgrade to 10 for free even if you never have used windows 10 before. Any legit windows 7 key will work with a windows 10 installer and activate. The same should be true for windows 8. Microsoft never really stopped allowing free upgrades to windows 10, and they've even done things to make it easier than it was at first.

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Or give Linux a try.

I've been using it for a decade now and have been steadily moving more and more of my workloads to Linux until I hit a wall around three or four years ago when the only thing that kept me from removing my Windows partition was playing games. Now that Proton (Valve's compatibility tools) and Lutris (crowdsourced compatibility tools) are pretty polished in my particular usage scenario I don't miss Windows at all. There are a few games here and there that will refuse to work but it feels really good to give Microsoft the middle finger.

Just download a Ubuntu live USB image and give it a test ride. If you like what you see then you can pick it or some other distribution like Mint (Ubuntu clone), Debian (Ubuntu is based on Debian) or something else. You won't regret it.

I use Manjaro (testing branch) because it is just a step behind Archlinux (which is the absolute bleeding edge) but it isn't as time consuming. I reckon it is a bit harder than Ubuntu but it is worth it.

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Until they say, well we will support it longer. Or that someone else will support it.



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Until they say, well we will support it longer. Or that someone else will support it.
They already announced they'd support it longer but it will cost extra.

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I say finally no more borking updates

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Get everyone on win10. Wait a bit. Boom you now need to pay monthly for this as its a service now.

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accept they've already said in multiple ways that they wanna be just like apple.

buying the device is buying the base OS. n you'll pay more from there, via SAAS. A monthly version does already exist, technically. Specially for corporations using azureAD.

or just keep buying enterprise keys off of ebay, like I always do. i've yet to have one go belly up in 10 years of doing it.

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Get everyone on win10. Wait a bit. Boom you now need to pay monthly for this as its a service now.
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accept they've already said in multiple ways that they wanna be just like apple.

buying the device is buying the base OS. n you'll pay more from there, via SAAS. A monthly version does already exist, technically. Specially for corporations using azureAD.

or just keep buying enterprise keys off of ebay, like I always do. i've yet to have one go belly up in 10 years of doing it.
Windows 7 was the last decent version of Windows as we knew it. It was clearly steering off to a different direction with 8 and 10 was the final nail. 10 Enterprise and LTSC are less bad, but not much. At least it's not literal adware and is slightly less of a spyware.

The PC will never die, but let's face it, it's not the '00s anymore. The "Consumer PC" is kind of dying. The home PC is an appliance like a washing machine now. Power users at home and gamers are an exception, but the average person now will only use a PC at work, of if they have to work on something at home. People are glued to their phones now. Even tablets lost much of their appeal now that 6" screens and larger are normal. They chat on their phones, they watch YouTube on it, waste hours on social networks and even watch series and movies on the damn thing.

Windows will only get worse from here on out. Desktop PCs will get more expensive eventually, since demand is lowering and they are only replaced when they die, they will become a sort of "home workstation". Windows might move to a monthly payment model, or not, it would be quite annoying for average folks, that might push them towards alternatives like Chromebooks and Macs (in the first world).

There will still be Linux though. The Desktop PC might become a nerd hobby again.
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Windows 7 was the last decent version of Windows as we knew it. It was clearly steering off to a different direction with 8 and 10 was the final nail. 10 Enterprise and LTSC are less bad, but not much. At least it's not literal adware and is slightly less of a spyware.

The PC will never die, but let's face it, it's not the '00s anymore. The "Consumer PC" is kind of dying. The home PC is an appliance like a washing machine now. Power users at home and gamers are an exception, but the average person now will only use a PC at work, of if they have to work on something at home. People are glued to their phones now. Even tablets lost much of their appeal now that 6" screens and larger are normal. They chat on their phones, they watch YouTube on it, waste hours on social networks and even watch series and movies on the damn thing.

Windows will only get worse from here on out. Desktop PCs will get more expensive eventually, since demand is lowering and they are only replaced when they die, they will become a sort of "home workstation". Windows might move to a monthly payment model, or not, it would be quite annoying for average folks, that might push them towards alternatives like Chromebooks and Macs (in the first world).

There will still be Linux though. The Desktop PC might become a nerd hobby again.
Ok Boomer.

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