Microsoft has ended its support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 OS from 10th January 2023. Thus, these operating systems would receive any security or feature updates.
About Windows 7
Windows 7 was launched in 2009 and became hugely popular due to enhance performance and improved user interface as compared to Vista, which was its predecessor. Windows 7 came with new features like Taskbar that allowed people to use and switch between open programs easily.
About Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 was launched in 2013. It is the updated version of Windows 8 released in 2012. Windows 8.1 addressed certain issues like the absence of a Start button. It also offered a lot of new features like better support for high-resolution displays and the ability to boot to the desktop directly.
Things that can be done now
There are certain things that you can do to keep your computer running smoothly if you are using either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You can choose to update to:
This is the latest version of Windows that almost everybody is using. You can access a lot of apps via the Microsoft Store. Some of the benefits include improved compatibility and enhanced security thereby making it the best OS to run on home or business computers.
Some older computers are better compatible with Windows 10 than Windows 11 due to hardware configuration. You may upgrade to Windows 10, which should remain compatible with your computer for several years.
Windows 10 is an amazing option for teachers, administrators, and students. In other words, it is best suited for education-related users since it gives access to Microsoft Office apps.
Windows server 2022
This is the latest major LTSC or long-term servicing channel release of Microsoft based on Windows 10. It ensures increased reliability, better manageability, and enhanced security for businesses.
It is not only compliant with Windows Server standards but supports Docker and Linux workloads as well. Thus, large organizations can use it for their cloud strategy. Those organizations that are looking to modernize their data centers while ensuring better security and reliability, then they can go for it. However, it is to be noted that Windows Server 2022 is compatible only with 64-bit processors.