Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 on January 14, 2020. Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that they can focus their investment on supporting newer technologies. This is a standard part of their product life cycle.Read More
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A few years ago, Microsoft made the operating system upgrade process a LOT easier by introducing the "Anytime Upgrade" process. Windows Anytime Upgrade lets you compare features, select the upgrade, and the entire process only takes as little as 10 minutes. Here is a link from Microsoft with a very short video that describes the process.
If you enjoy the convenience of being able to quickly access your recent items (Word files, Excel files, etc) without needing to open the application first or find the files in your folders, you can have a link to all of them right in your start menu.