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More than 500 million Windows 7 users will need to upgrade to Windows 10 over the next 12 months or face being unsupported and open to attacks by newly discovered vulnerabilities in the OS which will never be patched.
The best case scenario is that these users will all upgrade uneventfully to Windows 10, but we know that there are often issues with the process, and the cryptic error messages (below)Windows delivers during the process do not help.
Firstly, error messages which link to Knowledge Base articles will now actually offer actual hyperlinks to the article, meaning users will be much more likely to click and read them, vs previously having to retype the string of characters.
Secondly, when an incompatible app is found, instead of simply suggesting you uninstall the app, the setup process will now assist you in either uninstalling it or upgrading to a newer version which may be compatible.
The changes will be introduced in the April 2019 (19H1) Windows 10 Update. Microsoft aims in the future to manage most errors inside the upgrade process, rather than simply chucking users out with obscure errors which discourage them.
Do our readers think these changes will be enough to prevent hundreds of millions of Windows users from being stranded on an unsupported OS? Let us know below.
Via Ars Technica