If you are still using Windows 7 as the main operating system in your computer, there’s a good chance you will have received one of the following End of Support of End of Life (EOL) reminder notification messages:

Support for Windows 7 is coming to an end.

Please note that after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 7. We recommend backing up your files to ease the transition.

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After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.

January 14, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you back up your files and prepare for what’s next.

The reminder message or warning tells Windows 7 users that Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 7, which means Microsoft will no longer release security updates and will not provide any technical support to users once Windows 7 reaches this date.

This End of Support notification appears frequently and regularly in Windows 7 devices. Users will be getting it on a daily basis and while signing into or unlocking their Windows 7 computers. You can call it a form of nagware as it frequently shows this nag screen and reminds you about the end of support date.

Luckily it’s easy to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

For most users, buying a new device with Windows 10 will be the easiest way forward. If you’re still running Windows 7 there’s a good chance you’ve had the same machine for a good few years now (Windows 10 came out back in 2015), so a newer device will be faster, more lightweight and more secure and on average, lower in price than a PC from 8 years ago.

Another option is to upgrade your existing Windows 7 installation (if compatible) by purchasing and installing a full version of Windows 10. More information about the upgrade process can be found here.

You can, of course still use Windows 7, if you dare.

Just because an operating system may stop being supported doesn’t mean it’ll automatically break. You can still use Windows 7 exactly as you’re used to using it. Losing support just means the company won’t pay as much attention to it as they used to. They’ll still keep it secure and operational, even if they’re not as committed to it.

For the time being, nothing will change. However, once an operating system’s extended support phase ends, it’s time to consider upgrading.

People will stop using it over time, which means software developers will stop making products for it. You’ll see the options you have for various tools on your computer shrink. Then one day, you may not be able to download anything new at all.

So while you may not need to immediately upgrade to Windows 8 or Windows 10 after January 14, 2020, you should consider it. Otherwise, you may end up stuck with an unusable system as software developers abandon the OS.