By Dylan / Last Updated February 15, 2020

Can I continue to use Windows 7 after January 14, 2020?

Recently, the Microsoft stopped the support for Windows 7 on January 14 2020, and it will not release any update version of it, which means a PC running with Windows 7 would be vulnerable to being attacked. But there are still lots of people who have been using Windows 7 for serval years want to ask, "Can I continue to use Windows 7 after the end of support"?

"Yes, you can, but in another way".

In the article, we will talk about the trick to keep using Windows 7 safely.

The advantages of Windows 7 over Windows 10

Windows 7 had served for over 10 years, it is prefered system choice for many users. Even microsoft released Windows 10 to replace Windows, there are still million of people still want to use windows 7 due to the advantages of it:

Security of Privacy: the privacy can be the most important reason why people want keep using Windows 7 after 2020. If you upgrade to Windows 10, which allow Microsoft collect much more user data than Windows 7, like usage habits. And some of them are private files.

Better Compatibility: Windows 10 is only 5 years old, while Windows 7 is much older. Thus Windows 7 provide much better compatibility than Windows 10. Especially those classic software and games don’t have Windows 10 version. And you might need to keep Windows 7 OS if you want to install them.

Concise Interface: Most people like Windows 10 for the all kinds of features making them work and entertain better, but there are still some users prefer the conciseness and simplicity of Windows 7. And they want keep the familiar environment.

In spite of all these advantages, complete denial of Windows 10 is not a wise choice. Because it offers more features and service. You can still use Windows 7, but we also suggest you to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 in your PC, and install Windows 7 in a USB flash drive or other external hard drive run Windows 7 with this USB.

How to continue to use Windows 7 safely after 2020?

And next, we will demonstrate you the method of contining to use Windows 7 safely after 2020.

    ✍Preparations:

  • A USB flash drive with at least 13 GB, and the larger the capacity, the better the performance.

  • A PC with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional installed. it is a powerful PC manager allowing you to install Windows 7 within a few steps. You can download the demo version to see how to use it beforehand.

  • If your computer is not running with Windows 7 now, the Windows 7 ISO file is necessary.

  • Backup for the USB flash drive if there is important data on it, because it will be formatted in the process.

When you get all the preparations done, insert the USB drive and follow the steps below to install Windows 7 to USB flash drive.

1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click “All Tools” on the left side of windows and choose the “Windows To Go Creator”.

Win To Go Creator

Step 2. And choose “Create Windows ToGo with the current system”, and you can see the system information on the interface. Then click “Next”.

Create Windows To Go With Current System

Note: If your PC's system is not Windows 7, you need to download Windows 7 installation file from Microsoft website, and choose "Create Windows ToGo with system disc/ISO".

Step 3. Choose the USB drive as the target device of Windows 7 installing, and click “Proceed”. And it warns you the USB will be formatted, ensure you back up the important files, and click “Yes”.

Choose Usb Drive

Data Loss Warning

Step 4. When the process gets done, and keep the USB connected, restart your PC, once you see the first screen, press functional key (F2, F3, F4, F5, ESC), and enter BIOS setup.

Boot Manager

Step 3. Choose “Change boot order” in the BIOS interface. And give the Windows 7 USB flash drive a boot priority. And press “F10” to save the change.

Change Boot Order

Now, your computer will be running with Windows 7 environment.

Conclusion

This method is actually creating a portable Windows 7 device to boot your PC, and you can continue to use Windows 7 after January, 2020. And this method can be also applied to install Windows server to USB flash drive.