Back in 2010, we wrote about preparing Windows XP for the long haul. At that time, Windows 7 was coming online, and many XP users were reluctant to upgrade. Some things never change.
Fast forward just six years and Windows 7 is now the “classic” operating system. Fortunately for everyone who’s not jumping on Windows 10, Win7 will be around for a while — here’s how to keep it that way.
Windows 7 is far from a dead operating system
There are many perfectly good and legitimate reasons to pass on Windows 10 and stick with the tried and true Windows 7. Some users worry about potential privacy issues with Microsoft’s newest OS; others have older hardware and software that can’t make the transition. And many Win7 users simply see no need to have the hot new thing.
In truth, for most PC users there’s no Windows 10 enhancement, new feature, or looming security threat that makes upgrading a must-do proposition. Microsoft won’t give Win7 new features, going forward, but the now venerable OS will get security fixes until Jan. 14, 2020 (assuming you’re on Service Pack 1).
Given the millions of systems currently running Win7, third-party support shouldn’t be an issue anytime soon. New software should run on the OS and peripherals such as printers should continue to come with Win7 drivers. And if you’re a hard-core Windows Media Center user, Windows 10 is not an option.
Until recently, Win10’s automatic updating was another reason to avoid upgrading — mostly for those who prefer to manage that task themselves. But Microsoft seems intent on moving Win7 updating toward a single, monthly, cumulative-patch model. That change could make updating more convenient but also more difficult to skip specific and possibly troublesome patches.
There are really only a couple of possible problems with sticking to Win7. First, if you buy new hardware with the latest chip sets, you might not be able to wipe the factory-installed version of Win10 and migrate your Win7 setup to the new machine.