Millions of PC users around the world continue to use the Windows 7 operating system. While Microsoft has officially discontinued support for Windows 7 for over a year (it ended on January 14, 2020), Microsoft is currently offering paid security updates to businesses using Windows 7.
If you’re also using an edition of Windows 7 and your PC meets the strict minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you may be thinking about upgrading to Windows 11 by skipping Windows 10.
Can you run Windows 7 programs on Windows 11?
According to this page from Microsoft, the best thing is that programs that are compatible with Windows 7 also run on Windows 11. This means that you can run Windows 7 programs on Windows 11 without any problems.
In addition, Windows 11 also offers Windows Compatibility Mode, which can be used to run incompatible programs in Windows 11.
When you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 11, you lose several features of Windows 11. For example, features such as desktop gadgets, Windows Media Center, and Internet Explorer are no longer available. That said, Windows 11 is an important update, especially for Windows 7 users, as Windows 11 offers a completely redesigned user interface.
If you have Windows 7 and plan to upgrade to Windows 11, we recommend that you check if your PC can run Windows 11. Keep in mind that with Windows 11, Microsoft increased the minimum system requirements to run the operating system and now includes a 64-bit CPU, TPM 2.0, and Secure Boot, among other requirements.
And if your PC supports Windows 11, you cannot upgrade directly from Windows 7 to Windows 11. Instead, you need to perform a clean install of Windows 11.
Windows 11 is expected to launch later this year.
Tip: Although it is only 64-bit, Windows 11 also supports 32-bit applications.