Plenty of Windows 7 fans have been upset by the fact that Microsoft will stop offering support for the notorious operating system starting on January 14. After about a decade, Windows 7 will no longer receive any security updates, and the best option is to upgrade to the latest Windows 10. Or not…?
Microsoft is encouraging its users to choose a more extreme option: buying a new PC. The huge company headquartered in Washington stated:
For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 Pro is the recommended path forward. Surface devices are faster and lightweight, and more powerful and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago.
While some people might appreciate that Microsoft is offering us some useful advice and bringing strong arguments for it, others might find the statement very offensive. Yes, practically Microsoft is telling its Windows 7 users that they should throw their PCs to the dumpsters, but that could actually be the right choice. It depends only on you how you wish to interpret the statement.
Upgrade to Windows 10 could cause malfunction of drivers and components
Before getting mad at Microsoft for saying that your old PC is not good anymore, you should take into consideration the next argument as well: upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 could provide you some very nasty surprises like certain drivers not working properly. One user owning a Dell E4200 laptop had the problem of his life along with upgrading its gadget to Windows 10: the audio driver was severely malfunctioning so that any music being played sounded awful. The guy was forced to come back to the good old Windows 7.
Microsoft puts it clear again:
We recommend that you don’t install Windows 10 on an older device, as some Windows 7 devices are not compatible with Windows 10 or could experience reduced feature availability.
With a lot of care and cleverness, there is possible that you can survive with Windows 7 after January 14. A strong and regularly updating antivirus could be a good weapon, but the risk is all yours.