When do I have to upgrade to Windows 10?

I have Windows 7. I tried to upgrade to Windows 10, but my PC didn’t always start up all the way. And when it did, it was slow. I solved most of the slowness issues, but that not starting was an issue, so I reverted to Windows 7 (which you can do within one month of installing Windows 10). Then Windows get bugging me to upgrade to Windows 10, so I installed GWX Control Panel. Now, I get notifications every day that upgrades are available, but when I go to look, it shows me the Windows 10 install error, gives me a link should I want to fix it, and says no updates are available. In fact, the last time updates were applied was Sep 2015, which is probably when I reverted to Windows 7.

I noticed in the news this week that if you have Windows 7 with an ASUS motherboard, that Windows has switched an optional update which causes your computer to not start up, to required. Meaning they’ll install it automatically, and your computer won’t start. I’m pretty certain I don’t have an ASUS motherboard because my computer’s still starting up.

According to the microsoft windows website at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle if you have Windows XP, you’re no longer receiving updates since 2009, unless you’re on extended support. In the news elsewhere, there’s a major security flaw in XP, so if you ‘re still on that, upgrade, which probably means you need a new PC.

Windows Vista updates ended in 2012. Vista was so bad that most people upgraded to Windows 7 first chance they got. If you’re on Vista, you need a new PC.

Updates for Windows 7 with no Service pack ended in 2013 – if you’re in that situation, follow the link above to get Service Pack 1. Probably if you don’t have Service pack 1, it’s because it wouldn’t install. You need a new PC.

Updates for Windows 7 with no Service pack ended in Jan 2015, which explains why I’m no longer receiving updates. The updates in September on my PC were for Windows 10. I could take a chance on upgrading to Windows 10 while it’s still free (until July 29). I think I’ll take my chances. I think I’ll also turn off the update notification. I could pay for extended support and continue to receive upgrades until 2020. No doubt a new PC on which Windows 10 runs quickly and correctly would be less expensive.

Windows 8 users will receive updates until 2018. I’d think about upgrading to Windows 8, but now that there’s Windows 10, I don’t think that’s a real option. Sure, I could find an install CD somebody was selling and go for it. I’ll think about a new PC first.

Windows 10 users will continue to receive updates until 2020. That’s only 5 years away. Perhaps my Windows 7 laptop will last that long. How soon I get a Windows 10 laptop mostly it depends on how quickly my IT work moves to Windows 10. When I do, if I can’t afford one outright, I’ll see if I have enough airline miles or credit card points or hotel points to get one for “free”. I’ll no doubt have to pay for Microsoft Office and that will be expensive enough.

Microsoft has said that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows. It may be that they’ll drop the version number or that they call it something else. Possibly, it will be internet/cloud based and they’ll call it Azure after their cloud.