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Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020

Summary: Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 will no longer be supported beginning January 14, 2020. Get information about tested systems for upgrade to Windows 10 and links to Microsoft announcements. ...

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Symptoms

Microsoft has announced that on January 14, 2020, support for Windows 7 will end. Microsoft technical support and automatic updates end on this date, and platform updates for Microsoft Security Essentials cease as well.

 

Cause

Dell Technologies recommends that you begin the process of moving to Windows 10 by seeing if your computer has been tested by Dell for upgrade to Windows 10. See Dell Knowledge Base Dell Computers Tested for Windows 10 2022 Update and Previous Versions of Windows 10, for more information.

Resolution

If your computer has not been tested for upgrade, Dell does not recommend upgrading to Windows 10. Consider purchasing a new personal computer with Windows 10 that will receive regular security updates. Alternately, if your computer supports a non-Windows operating system, you can install that operating system if it is still supported and secure. See our page on Supported Operating Systems for your computer model for more information.

For information about upgrading a computer tested by Dell for Windows 10, see Dell Knowledge Base article, Windows 10 upgrade walkthrough. This article provides step-by-step instructions on updating drivers and software before moving to Windows 10. If you encounter a problem with Windows 10 and want to go back to Windows 7, see Dell Knowledge Base article, How to roll back Windows 10 upgrade to a previous operating system.

For questions about activating Windows 10 after upgrade, see Microsoft Knowledge Base articles, Find Your Windows Product Key or Activate Windows 10.

For more information about Microsoft's support retirement for Windows 7, browse to the Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life Support page.

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Last Published Date

14 Sep 2023

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