If you still use Windows 7 you need to be concerned with security issues after January 12, 2020. While you can always use 3rd party programs (other than those than come with Windows 7), Microsoft will STOP providing security updates for Windows 7 after that date. Support for Windows 7 will end on Jan. 14, 2020. After that date Microsoft will no longer issue security updates to patch discovered vulnerabilities in the OS. At that point your exposure to hackers will increase. I strongly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10.
Critter: I've got a 2011 iMac. Running Windows 7 on VMWare Fusion. I run TT on the Mac OS but I could run it on Windows 7 on VMWare just as easily. On 1/1/2020 I will install Windows 10 on the VMWare application. No new machine required in either case.
Thanks for the tip. I did a little quick research and think I get how to set it up. Now a basic question. If I have a dual boot set up on my pc - one Win 7 and one Win 10 - if I boot up with Win 10, will I still see my other programs and will they run on Win 10? For example, I have Firefox on Win 7 which stores my bookmarks and some login info for various websites. If I boot in Win 10, will I see Firefox and will it retain all my bookmarks and login info? Same question for Outlook? Will all my saved email addresses carry into the Win 10 version? I'm curious to understand what I'm getting into. I assume some old programs will not work in Win 10 - that's the downside of any upgrade.
If you want to get fancy, you can run Windows 10 in a virtual machine under Windows 7 (I have done this). But this all depends on what Intuit means by "not supported"; if it means "we are going check for win 7 to make it not run at all" that's pretty extreme; but if its "we won't even try to support you if you are running on windows 7", then is likely not to actually block people from using it. Considering that Intuit has not fixed some basic usability problems in the 10 years I've been using it, I doubt they are going to make any significant code changes in the normal course of development to make it NOT work on Win 7. As of today, I see that independent stats show windows 7 hold 31% of the windows install base (win10 58%, Win 8.1 only 6%). Seems like a bad business decision to cut off sales to that segment of the market. Plus, Microsoft does patch OSs after the support ends, if the issue is severe; Win XP was patched in May 2019.
online would be fine for those with one return but how about for a family of 6 - husband wife and 4 adult children who have to file returns. great for TT's bottom line not so great for family.
so. some are still running win 95 or win xp. i tried the compatibility check with win 10 and have expensive custom software that is not compatible. if TT is willing to reimburse me with the cost (originally in the $ 000's) of replacing this software, I'd be more than happy to migrate to 10. hope it works even if no support for those running win 7. if not, dual boot or virtual machine. of course
what TT has not made clear is will 2019 be installable on earlier versions of windows just don't ask for support or totally incompatible with earlier versions of windows. maybe if H&R block software supports win7, I'll move over to it. It's cheaper but I found more complicated to use.
i have tried converting. using free software. my win 7 MBR disk to GPT (Win 10 only installs on GPT with an exception when installing on virtual machine) . unfortunately, the free stuff only converts data disks ( those containing no OS) from MBR to GPT. there is software available for a fee that says it can convert OS disks from MBR to GPT but haven't tried it. I would then install 10 in dual boot mode. the problem with dual boot - not only do you have to install 10 but drivers for video cards, certain keyboards, mice and printers and other soft
2nd option install virtual machine and then install 10 in virtual mode. it will work win 7 MBR disk but with certain VM's you have the same issue with drivers. Supposedly, MS VM is a type 1 VM which can access the drivers on the win 7 partition.
3rd I have spare disks and sata ports so I can install 10 as a separate OS. there would still be need to install drivers and other software and the boot priority would have to be changed back and forth.
4th I work for a CPA firm which allows its people to prepare their returns for free - no e file. and there is no import from brokerage firms or transfer of data from TT.
aircarl: That link is not much help. I, and I suspect many others, do not wish to use the online version of TT. I need to do several returns for family members and it's much easier to have the program running right here in front of me. Also, it's better to have it installed on the pc so you can always go back and fiddle with things at your leisure, including doing "what if" scenarios.
Hackitoff: I am hoping TT will install on my Win 7 pc as in the past and hopefully does not have any problems running. It would be a real pain if you got 3/4 through your tax return and it decided to blow up or freeze permanently.
However, since posting this topic, I just purchased an inexpensive Win 10 laptop. I figured I can use the laptop as a learning device, among other things, as well as a backup device should my pc call it quits. I can transition some of my files to the laptop in the interim. And if TT doesn't work on my pc, I can just use it on the laptop.
I hate trying to adjust to a new operating system where "everything is different." It looks different, it works different, it's a pain in the butt. It took me two days trying to get the new Win Mail to download my Apple emails and contacts. (It was an Apple rep that gave me the key trick, since MSoft and Lenovo can't be bothered.)