By Reid Goldsborough
you like Windows 7? Many people do. In organizational settings, some
custom programs are customized for Windows 7. A small percentage of
printers and other peripherals work with it but not its successors. With
some people, it's just inertia. If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Microsoft doesn't want you to use it anymore. It wants you to upgrade
your Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems to Windows 10, and it's pushing
hard. Despite its lush profit margins and storehouse of cash, Microsoft
wants to save money by not having to support earlier operating systems.
it broke precedent by announcing that for consumers wanting to upgrade
their existing Windows 8 or Windows 7 machine, the cost during the first
year after its release would be nothing. This is a good thing.
so good is Microsoft bugging you with periodic nag pop-ups that this
upgrade is available. Even worse is Microsoft's recent announcement that
it automatically will upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems through
Windows Update over the next months unless you tell it otherwise.
Telling it otherwise isn't completely straightforward.
To prevent Microsoft from automatically installing Windows 10 on your Windows 7 computer, you should do these things:
1. Open Windows Update through your Start Menu.
2. Click Change Settings.
3. Under Important Updates, choose "Check for updates but let me choose whether or not to download and install them."
4. Under Recommended Updates, check "Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates."
5. Click OK.
No. 4 above is the one that's not intuitive since Windows 10 will
become a recommended update. Microsoft is being so aggressive that even
after you do this, it will indicate you have a problem with Windows
Update through its Taskbar icon "Solve PC issues." Just ignore this.
previously stopped "mainstream support" of Windows 7, in January 2015.
This means Windows 7 doesn't benefit from new features, and you can't
call Microsoft for free help. But Windows 7 still receives all-important
security fixes. Microsoft plans to maintain Windows 7 "extended
support" until January 2020, when security fixes no longer will be
With Windows 8, Microsoft made one of the biggest
business miscalculations in history. By putting a tablet and smartphone
interface on its PC operating system, it sought to boost sales of its
own tablets and smartphones, which lagged far behind competitors. But
the result was sabotaging sales of PCs made by others while doing
nothing for the sale of Microsoft's tablets and smartphones.
Windows 7, the darling of Windows aficionados was Windows XP. But
Microsoft stopped supporting XP in April 2014, which meant it stopped
releasing bug fixes, including those related to security. For a large
number of people, particularly those in the corporate world, this
eliminated XP as a viable product.
In a marketing contrivance,
Microsoft named the successor to Windows 8 Windows 10 rather than
Windows 9. Windows 10 was released in July 2015, Windows 8 in October
2012, and Windows 7 in October 2009.
With Windows 10, Microsoft
isn't abandoning its wishes that everyone use Windows on smartphones
and tablets as well as desktop and laptop PCs. Window 10 switches
interfaces depending on the type of device it's used on. It looks one
way on devices in which users primarily use a keyboard and mouse or
other pointing device, such as a desktop or laptop PC. And it looks
another way on devices in which users primarily use a touchscreen, such
as a tablet or smartphone. With convertible laptops/tablets, it asks
users what they want.
Microsoft should follow the spirit of this
by making it easy, not difficult, for users to use what they want,
Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.