Well… it's probably two days after when this will be published but for diehard Windows 7 users, it is a sad time as support for the likable OS stopped on the 14th of January.
Yes… Windows 7 still works it just gets less secure as time goes on without updated security patches. I'm not an expert on security but it seems that might have some effect on the overall security of our interconnected PCs, laptops and other devices. I'll have to rely on the security pros to keep us safe from an army of unpatched Win 7 PCs.
Sadly, you will read once again of this being the demise of the PC… particularly the desktop but you can ignore those drama queen pronouncements as the desktop has been rumored to die for over a decade now.
One can only surmise that a majority of these articles come from users that have no need for a PC and therefore unaware that one can't do everything on a “device” no matter what the operating system. Plugging in a keyboard or other input devices to a smartphone is already happening but the software and pure computing power are not there for advanced or niche work that takes tremendous computational power or software your smartphone can't even load.
There will be PCs around for quite a while but why are there so many Win 7 diehards out there?
The early horror stories of crashed or bricked upgrades on older equipment and even a few newer ones didn't help. Those stories eroded my confidence in the OS until it had some legs under it. Even then, I have suffered several bricked Win 10 events that required restoring from backups.
Looking back… considering all that happened including the bricking was still less downtime and hassle than Windows 7 was. Once I made my decision and jumped on the Windows 10 bandwagon, my downtime slowly dwindled to next to nothing. As I wrote previously, my Windows 10 repair skills are practically nil because I've not needed to repair Windows 10 except for some failed updates.
Plus… I really didn't have a choice. I needed a new computer and Windows 10 was all I could get at the time so that basically forced my decision. I wished I'd have been forced to upgrade sooner keeping mind that I am talking about using newer hardware that can handle it.
While I have railed against the Windows 10 Update system I am not an avowed antagonist of the OS itself. It is beyond stable for my use. When I crash now they are application-related not OS related… before you were never quite sure in some cases. I'm close to fanboy status on Windows because it has provided me with a way to make a living over the years.
There will be some that have terrible problems with Win 10 due to hardware or other considerations. The brickyard will continue to grow but with Win 10 as a service… we may actually.. OMG… I can't imagine… start to get on the same page with a majority of other Windows users by not having so many OS versions out there.
Some thought losing Windows NT was the end of their world but I doubt few will go back to NT now.
So… it's after January 14th, and we are all still here (I took a gamble on that statement knowing that if we AREN'T still here after the 14th no one will be around to tell me I was wrong) still computing and still complaining about Windows… 7 and 10.
PCs are still with us and I'll venture to guess will be with us ten years from now and quite possibly 20 years from now. If and when they do disappear it will be because we didn't need them anymore and it won't be within this decade.
So… just like the turn of the century… when some folks were digging bunkers due to the Y2K bug there will be overreaction and anxiety with the loss of support for Win 7. Just like the Y2K bug, it won't be the end of the world.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.