Microsoft will cease offering free safety updates for the system Tuesday, which means computers utilizing it will be extra weak to malware and hacking.
Users who need to protect their computers have to upgrade to Windows 10. They may also want to buy new computer systems because older machines might not be suitable to Windows 10.
Tech companies usually drop older systems after a number of years and focus efforts on updating current versions of the software. Windows 7 came out in 2009.
Windows 10 begins at $139 for a basic “Home” model. Microsoft charges $200 for a “Pro” model meant for companies and individuals who need its advanced features. Windows 10 comes with usual free updates for security and additional options.
Though Windows 10 is not likely to be dropped anytime soon, older versions would require those updates to keep working.
Microsoft is also ending support Tuesday for Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 operating systems.
Those who run Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise should purchase extended safety for up to three years. But it is likely to be worthwhile to purchase new PCs or get Windows 10.
Microsoft will also be ending support on October 13 for Office 2010, a package that features word processing and excel software. Users need to newer versions of Office, including a subscription called Office 365.