End of support for Windows 7/8: what solution to adopt to continue using your PC safely?

End of support for Windows 7/8: what solution to adopt to continue using your PC safely?

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The end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 by Microsoft will push many users to turn to an alternative solution to continue using their computer safely. Here are the main possible solutions.

Windows 7 and Windows 8 are officially over. As of January 10, 2023, Microsoft has permanently stopped supporting these two operating systems, arguably still leaving millions of users in the lurch. Because with the end of support by Microsoft, these two OS will no longer receive any update or any security patch.

If these two OS will continue to work, however, they may very quickly turn into sieves that hackers will not hesitate to exploit. To prevent your PC under Windows 7 or Windows 8 from becoming their playground, it is very strongly recommended to abandon these two operating systems. And you don’t necessarily need to invest in a new machine to stay safe. If your current PC is still working perfectly, you can totally opt for a more recent version of Windows or for an alternative OS. Several alternatives are indeed possible. Here they are.

An almost impossible transition to Windows 11

If your PC is still running Windows 7 or Windows 8, there is very little chance that it has sufficient configuration to accommodate Windows 11. To install it, Microsoft requires a PC with a Relatively recent Intel or AMD processor, running at least 1 GHz and having at least two cores. Your PC must also have at least 4 GB of RAM, have at least 64 GB of minimum storage and be equipped with a DirectX12 compatible graphics card. Above all, the technical requirements required by Microsoft require that your machine supports secure boot (Secure Boot), as well as a TPM 2.0 module.

A rather strict specification which leaves a good number of machines on the floor. And even if there are hacks to install Windows 11 on an incompatible PC, it is not said that they work on all the somewhat dated configurations, nor that they allow a fluid use of this system. Microsoft does offer a utility to check your PC’s compatibility with Windows 11, but it only works with Windows 10.

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A necessary migration to Windows 10

Although there are plenty of alternatives, chances are you want to stick with the Windows environment. If this is your case, you have a priori only one solution to continue using your PC: migrate to Windows 10. The operation is quite possible and is not insurmountable. It is simply to download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, a tool that allows you to create bootable Windows 10 installation media. But this utility also allows, in principle, to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. The procedure is also fully automated and you only have to follow the instructions displayed on the screen to upgrade your PC.

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For a time, Microsoft had officially authorized the use of an old license of Windows 7/8, for the activation of a copy of Windows 10. The goal was for the Redmond firm to encourage users to migrate massively to its new OS. Microsoft then hinted that the activation of a copy of Windows 10 with a license of Windows 7/8 would end. In fact, this hack is still operational. If you are migrating from your PC still running Windows 7 to Windows 10, the activation key for the first should still work for activating the second. In other words, you won’t have to pay anything to enjoy Windows 10.

Replace Windows with an alternative OS

Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7 may be an opportunity for some of you to consider switching creameries. There are many alternatives, often much less demanding in terms of configuration than Windows, capable of replacing Microsoft’s OS hands down.

The solution that usually comes to mind right away is Linux. Provided of course to adopt a distribution adapted to your needs. If the adventure tempts you, you can go to the Distro Chooser site to help you find a Linux distribution cut out for you. After answering a few questions about your needs, the site will offer you a list of several Linux distributions that match your criteria.

Of all the existing distributions, Linux Mint is one of those that will confuse newcomers from Windows the least. Its installation, configuration and use are within everyone’s reach. Above all, this distribution benefits from a good follow-up and is frequently updated.

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However, if the Linux environment scares you, another possibility exists: Chrome OS Flex. This OS, offered by Google, simply allows you to install a version of Chrome OS adapted to PCs. Its main advantage is that its environment will seem familiar to you: it is mainly based on Chrome and provides access to all the Google tools that you usually access from your browser: Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, etc.

Chrome OS Flex

You won’t really have to worry about having to configure anything. If some settings will still need to be looked into, Chrome OS Flex will be operational almost immediately after installation. Because it requires you to connect your Google account to work. Therefore, all data attached to your account will be automatically synchronized with the OS. You will instantly find your passwords, web favorites, contact, etc. And you will also benefit from the frequent updates offered by Google, a real guarantee of security for your PC.

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