It’s been more than a year since Microsoft support for Windows 7 officially ended back in January 2020. The end shouldn’t have come as a surprise to Windows users: Microsoft promised 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released in October 2009, before shifting focus to supporting newer technologies. That means Microsoft no longer offers technical assistance or software updates to your device, and the company has encouraged people to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep their PCs and laptops secure. (If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, extended support for that OS won’t end until January 2023.) But don’t worry — you can still use this trick to download Windows 10 for free if you want to. CNET Now All the latest tech news delivered to your inbox. It’s FREE! Get more out of your tech Learn smart gadget and internet tips and tricks with CNET’s How To newsletter. Keep reading for everything you need to know about the end of Windows 7 support, and how to make the switch to Windows 10 for free. Read more: How to download Windows 10 for free Why did Microsoft end support for Windows 7? Microsoft has a long-established… Read full this story
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