microsoft @microsoftuk extends support for windows 7 from 2020 to 2023
“As previously announced, Windows 7 extended support is ending January 14, 2020. While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process.
“With that in mind, today we are announcing that we will offer Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023.”
windows vista isnt dead just yet although after installing SP2 windows update hangs and svchost will use 100% CPU and 1G continuously for many days
so the first thing you have to do after installing SP2 is disable automatic updates
then manually install
alternatively the guardian recommend you throw away any amd sempron notebooks and switch to a free unactivated or beta version of windows 10
or buy a refurb notebook
while wired has some other suggestions
According to Microsoft, if you’ve formatted or replaced your hard drive, you won’t be able to use a product key to update to Windows 10. You’ll need to install your previous version of Windows and then reinstall Windows 10.
i have just put windows 7 on an old TOSHIBA L20 celeron notebook with 2G of ram but if i uncheck automatically manage paging file size and set a custom size of 2788 MB (initial and maximum) and reboot i get blue screen of death
reboot again into safe mode and recheck automatically manage paging file size and restart