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How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run

     
3:55 am on Jan 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3153213/microsoft-windows/how-to-hang-on-to-windows-7-for-the-long-run.html [infoworld.com]

How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run

If Windows 7 represents peak Windows for you, you’re not alone. Twice as many people use Win7 as use Win10, even after 18 months of Microsoft pressure to get you to give up Win7 and jump to the shiny new version as your operating system of choice.

Your reasons for staying with Win7 may range from mere convenience to mental inertia to an abject fear of the Win10 info borg. Whatever your reasons for remaining with Win7, there are steps you can take right now to ensure Win7 keeps working -- at least until Microsoft pulls the plug on security patches, on Jan. 14, 2020.
2:36 pm on Jan 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Wow, that many people still use Win 7!
4:35 pm on Jan 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for this Bill. I still have 7 on an older laptop and do not want to upgrade it. I have several programs that I haven't been able to get to run (or even install) on 10. Some I don't want to pay again for, others are no longer supported.
11:23 pm on Jan 3, 2017 (gmt 0)

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It's a good idea to have a good clean copy of Win7, even if it's only in a VM. You never know when it might come in handy.