Microsoft's Windows 7 Nag Screens Arrive Warning Of Impending Support Doom
Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to get customers to flee the near nearly decade-old Windows 7 operating system and upgrade to the new hotness: Windows 10. There are of course plenty of reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 from a performance and features standpoint, but the real push to upgrade comes from the fact that support for Windows 7 will come to an end on January 14th 2020.
Microsoft announced this month that it will begin peppering Windows 7 users with notification pop-ups urging them to upgrade to Windows 10, and those nag screens have now started making their way to customers. As noted by Thurrott.com, the notification warns:
After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing an end
January 14, 2020 is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. We know that change can be difficult, that’s why we’re reaching out early to help you back up your files and prepare for what’s next.
Clicking on the "Lean More" button will send you to the following Microsoft website which details what the end of support means for Windows 7, how you can upgrade to Windows 10, or even scope out a brand new rig if your current system is too old (or if you're just looking for a hardware upgrade).
And of course, Microsoft heavily touts the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10 and the thinner and faster PCs that were designed with the operating system in mind. After all, a lot has changed in 10 years.
With that being said, Microsoft won't keep bombarding you with the "end of support" nag screens from now until January 2020. If you prefer, you can simply check the box in the bottom left-hand corner of the window and you'll never see the nag screen again.