Free Windows 7 support ended on Tuesday

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Are you still running the long in the tooth Windows 7? Or worse still, Windows XP? If you’re on Windows 7, that means the end of free support on Tuesday, January 13th 2015.

 

There are still many people who refuse to upgrade to the Microsoft’s latest operating system. In fact, millions of people around the world are using an even older version of Windows – XP.

While that is fine in terms of usability and stability, it doesn’t pay in the long run to stick with very old versions of Windows because you won’t receive the latest security updates, and of course the latest features.

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It is always tempting to stick with an older version of Windows, not only because it avoids paying for an upgrade, but also because those versions tend to be very stable and have few bugs. But of course, Microsoft charges for each new version of Windows, unlike other a few other companies we can think of.

Look at Apple – OS X is completely free (Yosemite is the latest release) – and even when it wasn’t, it was a measly £19.99 for users in the UK. Windows, on the other hand, has a complicated array of different versions and prices (Ultimate, Professional, Premium, Home Premium, Basic, and on and on), which has meant that many people would prefer just to get a copy than pay full price for an operating system that should really be completely free.

No more Windows 7?

So what does it mean in practice, now that Windows 7 is no longer supported for free? Microsoft will not offer free help and support if you have technical problems, and there will be no new features too. However, do you know anyone that has ever actually called Microsoft with a problem? Most people use that all-knowing fountain of knowledge called Google to resolve any technical issues they may have…

Understandably, Microsoft wants to move everyone to Windows 8, or even Windows 10 which will be released later this year. What happened to Windows 9, you might ask? Nobody really knows, but it seems that the company felt that it was time to skip a generation and go with the much snappier-sounding Windows 10.

You might be surprised to learn that Windows 7 was released 6 years ago, and sold over 100 million copies in just six months. It brought the OS bang up to date at the time and proved to be more stable than its predecessor, the much-vilified Windows Vista, which was well and truly a disaster.

In future, Microsoft will charge for Windows 7 support, and it’s expected that by 2020, Windows 7 will be abandoned for good.

Windows 10 release this year

Microsoft Windows 10

Windows 10 will be released in the second half of this year and there will be an announcement on the 21st of January, so check back to see what’s happening with Windows next week. Microsoft originally announced Windows 10 back in September last year.

Note: no matter how tempting, we recommend that you don’t use copied versions of Windows when you buy a new computer in Thailand, as there could be all sorts of security problems with these copies.

Let us know in the comments below whether you are a happy Windows 7 user, and whether the end of free support will affect you in any way. Do you intend to upgrade to Windows 10 when it comes out?

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12 Comments

  1. Mino Juffre on

    I am a computer engineer, and I design software and hardware and I am on Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Windows 8 is a nemesis, and I refuse to use it for myself. Let’s see what Windows 10 will introduce but I think there hasn’t been a real need for another Windows version since 7, it is just a marketing strategy to create needs where there are any, so they can sell a new OS. I also disagree with unified versions. There should be different products for desktop and portable device.

  2. Maekong Mike on

    I agree. Windows 8 is an albatross. Windows 7, other than XP, is the quintessential Microsoft OS. Abandoning it for the release of Windows 8 was a colossal marketing blunder, in my estimation. A number of us have opted out of Windows in favor of Linux already, and even more have absorbed the initial startup costs in order to have access to iOS. I have been loyal to Microsoft, despite the fact that it represents all that is wrong with the capitalistic business model. As soon as I have access to a backup computer, I will probably give Ubuntu a go. I’ve had enough of this sh*t.

  3. Sjaak Schulteis on

    I’m just a regular (advanced) user and I must say that I prefer Windows 8.1 over Windows 7, which I used from the very beginning. The tiles in Windows 8.1 are very useful and allow me to divide the programs into sections. This was not possible under Windows 7. I can have my desktop free of icons and just use a nice background on my pc. Everything runs smooth and at its best. On Windows 7 I had to install a virtual DVD-manager. This is not necessary under Windows 8.1. It is all implemented. Windows 8.1 cannot only do what Windows 7 can, but much more.

  4. Sjaak Schulteis on

    Why this comparing… I tried Ubuntu (several distributions), but all failed, due to the lack of software. Yes, the major programs like an office program is available for Ubuntu. Try to find a 3D conversion program, try to connect your existing Hard drives to Ubuntu… Try to get all your drivers for your hardware under Ubuntu…
    With Windows 8.1 I have had no problems whatsoever.

  5. Michael North on

    Microsoft supported something previously? I did not notice! Does this means I will get no harrassing updates?

  6. Interesting that MS would end support for a system that has NOT yet been adequately replaced for millions of commercial enterprises who DO NOT wish to spend a lot of money on retraining staff to use the Windows 8 versions. Perhaps they could have ended support at the introduction of Windows 10 which MAY BE (?) a suitable alternative for commercial users?

  7. uptoeleven on

    That’s disappointing. With XP Microsoft (after several service packs) finally “got it right” at least for single-core machines. Vista was a pup but Windows 7 (again, SP1) “gets it right”. Stable, easy to work with, predictable. Windows 8.1 – at least underneath – is an improvement again but the interface is such a dog that it borders on unusable. It’s a pity because under the hood, Win 8 / 8.1 is a nice modern system. It’s just hamstrung by an interface that’s neither one thing nor another – with apps AS WELL as programs; with start buttons that aren’t and don’t – and then do but just a bit…

    I have had to use Microsoft’s free support in the past. Google only gets you so far with some of the more exotic errors that can emerge.

    Anyway I don’t know what this has to do with Thailand. Everyone here uses the “cheap” version they picked up on a pirated DVD at Pantip Plaza. Updates? What for? Anti-virus? I have Baidu anti-virus, it says my PC CCCLLLLLLEEEEEEAAAAANNNNNN!!!!!!1!!!! So now there’s a nationwide bot-net. I’m convinced that most of the bandwidth problems in this country are down to the use of hacked up installations of “Windows 7 Ultimate” and would be eliminated overnight if people had licensed OSes on their PCs…

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  12. I bought a new laptop last year which had windows 8 installed. Tried but couldn’t get on with it at all. Had it taken out and windows 7 installed.