Death of Windows 7. What exactly will happen and what to do about it

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Microsoft has announced that the life cycle of Win­dows 7 is com­ing to an end. In less than a year, on Jan­u­ary 14, 2020, Microsoft will offi­cial­ly end sup­port for this oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Win­dows 7 will be ten years old this sum­mer. The oper­at­ing sys­tem was launched on July 22, 2009. But, despite the very advanced age, the Sev­en remains very pop­u­lar. Accord­ing to Net­mar­ket­share, 39% of PC users use it to this day. So, with the end of Win­dows 7, it’s time for mil­lions of peo­ple around the world to start think­ing about the future.

So, let’s fig­ure out what exact­ly will hap­pen to the Sev­en and how to live on.

What’s happening?

Win­dows 7 is already at the final stage of its exis­tence. Microsoft decid­ed long ago that it makes no sense for it to devel­op the old oper­at­ing sys­tem, and focused on Win­dows 10. The sev­en stopped receiv­ing gen­er­al updates four years ago, from Jan­u­ary 13, 2015. New func­tions have ceased to be devel­oped, war­ran­ty sup­port has ceased. Cur­rent­ly, only the most impor­tant secu­ri­ty updates are released for Win­dows 7. The cur­rent peri­od is called the “extend­ed sup­port phase”. And this phase will end in a year, on Jan­u­ary 14, 2020.

What will hap­pen on Jan­u­ary 15, 2020? At first glance — noth­ing. At first, you won’t notice any dif­fer­ence. The offi­cial “death” of the oper­at­ing sys­tem does not mean that your com­put­er will stop start­ing. You can use Sev­en for as long as you want. After all, even today you can find peo­ple still work­ing with Win­dows XP and Win­dows 98.

The main prob­lem is that Win­dows 7 will no longer receive secu­ri­ty updates. This is a more seri­ous prob­lem than it might seem at first glance, and it entails a whole chain of trou­bles.

chain of trouble

Com­put­er virus­es are not born by them­selves. They are writ­ten with spe­cif­ic goals in mind. After the end of sup­port, Win­dows 7 will inevitably become one of the most tasty tar­gets. The attack­ers are well aware that many users will con­tin­ue to work on the Sev­en even after its offi­cial end. Such users will lose the pro­tec­tion pro­vid­ed to them by reg­u­lar updates. With the advent of new virus­es, machines run­ning Win­dows 7 will increas­ing­ly infect each oth­er. Thus, every day the endan­gered ecosys­tem of the Sev­en will become more and more dan­ger­ous.

The soft­ware will also cause prob­lems. Since Win­dows 7 will be offi­cial­ly list­ed as dead, devel­op­ers will stop releas­ing new ver­sions of pro­grams for this oper­at­ing sys­tem. Today it is dif­fi­cult to find mod­ern soft­ware that would be com­pat­i­ble with Win­dows XP. In a cou­ple of years, the same prob­lems will begin with the Sev­en.

Gamers will also have a hard time. Over time, PC games will start to be released exclu­sive­ly for Win­dows 10. In gen­er­al, Win­dows 7 is doomed, whether we like it or not.

How to live on?

Win­dows 7 users don’t have many options. They can switch to the new Win­dows 10 (buy a key from softmart.ua or sim­i­lar soft­ware stores) or try to move to the Lin­ux camp.

Windows 10

In the first year of its exis­tence, Win­dows 10 man­aged to earn noto­ri­ety. The oper­at­ing sys­tem spied on the user, removed unli­censed pro­grams on its own, and the sit­u­a­tion with annoy­ing forced updates became an Inter­net meme. In gen­er­al, Ten behaved as if she were the own­er of the com­put­er.

How­ev­er, now Win­dows 10 is no longer so scary. Recent­ly, there have been many ways to rein in the obsti­nate oper­at­ing sys­tem. You can eas­i­ly find instruc­tions on the Web that tell you how to turn off spy­ware, how to “plug your ears” to the voice assis­tant, how to pre­vent the brows­er from col­lect­ing infor­ma­tion. In gen­er­al, you will be able to kick Microsoft in play­ful lit­tle hands with­out any prob­lems.

Pirates, by the way, also did not stand aside. We do not under­take to eval­u­ate their actions from an eth­i­cal or legal point of view, we only report that on tor­rent track­ers today you can find a vari­ety of assem­blies of the Ten, includ­ing already paci­fied and tamed ones.

In gen­er­al, switch­ing to Win­dows 10 should not be a big prob­lem for you. The sys­tem is well opti­mized. To work, it requires a machine with the fol­low­ing min­i­mum con­fig­u­ra­tion:

  • Proces­sor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard dri­ve: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit
  • Video Card: Direc­tX 9 or lat­er with WDDM 1.0 sup­port
  • Mon­i­tor: 800 x 600 min­i­mum res­o­lu­tion

As you can see, these are rather mod­est require­ments. If you are cur­rent­ly run­ning Win­dows 7, then Win­dows 10 will start up with­out any prob­lems.

But there is no point in switch­ing to Win­dows 8. First, he’s dis­gust­ing. Sec­ond­ly, he will not live much longer than Win­dows 7, while the Ten has clear­ly come for a long time.

Linux

Lin­ux is a whole fam­i­ly of oper­at­ing sys­tems based on the Lin­ux ker­nel. All of them are free and devel­oped by enthu­si­asts.

There was a time when Lin­ux was con­sid­ered some­thing scary, com­plex and incom­pre­hen­si­ble. Mod­ern dis­tri­b­u­tions are quite friend­ly, have a decent appear­ance and, in gen­er­al, look no worse than Win­dows.

One of the more pop­u­lar options is Ubun­tu. Many con­sid­er this dis­tri­b­u­tion to be the per­fect choice for a per­son who decides to switch from Win­dows to Lin­ux.

Anoth­er good option is Lin­ux Mint, which com­plete­ly copies the inter­face of Win­dows 7.

A large num­ber of Lin­ux dis­tri­b­u­tions are designed for old­er hard­ware. There is, for exam­ple, Tiny­Core — an oper­at­ing sys­tem that “weighs” only 16 megabytes and requires 128 MB of RAM to work.

Lin­ux has its down­sides too. No mat­ter how much this or that dis­tri­b­u­tion looks like Win­dows out­ward­ly, we must not for­get that it is based on a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent ker­nel. Much will be unusu­al. The soft­ware you are used to, like Microsoft Word, will not work on Lin­ux. Of course, there are alter­na­tives like Libre­Of­fice, but they also take some get­ting used to.

For those pro­grams that do not have Lin­ux ver­sions, there is a WINE shell. This tool allows you to run Win­dows appli­ca­tions under Lin­ux. It is also the only option for gamers — 99% of Lin­ux games don’t work.

In gen­er­al, Lin­ux is incred­i­bly attrac­tive in its flex­i­bil­i­ty and vari­ety of forms, but it may seem unusu­al and not very con­ve­nient for users who are used to work­ing with Win­dows. Switch to it if you are not afraid to exper­i­ment and dis­cov­er some­thing new.



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