What happens when Windows 7 support ends?

Applies to: Windows 7Windows 8Windows 8.1

Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020. If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to a new PC running Windows 10 sometime before January 2020 to avoid a situation where you need service or support that is no longer available. 

  • Want to learn more about Windows 7 end of support? Check out these frequently asked questions. And if you haven’t already, check out microsoft.com/windows7 to learn what you can do to prepare for end of support. From backing up your files to finding a new computer that fits your needs, we’ve got tools to help you transition with ease.