The End of Windows 7 Support. Why Should You Care??

The End of Windows 7 Support. Why Should You Care?

Windows 7 was released in July of 2009 and was the most widely used operating system in history, until last month. In July of 2019, Windows 10 (four years after its release) finally took the lead. On desktops, laptops and tablets, Apple and Linux-based computers have less than 15% of the market with all versions of Windows at over 85%.

Windows 7 “support” will end in January of 2020. That means that Microsoft will stop producing those annoying updates that reboot your system in the middle of the night. Sounds good, right? Perhaps, not so much. Those updates are security updates. Patches to vulnerabilities that have been found in the existing programming, that could allow hackers access to your computer.

If you still have a Windows 7 computer, it’s probably time to do one of two things.
1) Upgrade to Windows 10 – however, your system may not be compatible with Windows 10; your other peripherals (printers/scanners, etc.) and software may not be compatible with Windows 10 and there is no longer a free version of Windows 10. An operating system re-load, with data back-up and re-installation of your application software will be required. If you have this done in a shop, this could cost from $200 to $400, so…… option #2 might be a better idea.
2) Get a new Windows 10 computer. You get a new warranty, new technology, probably a faster computer, and the guarantee that Windows 10 will function properly. You will still need to consider the fact that your older peripherals and software may not be compatible with Windows 10 AND you will still need to deal with your data and your application software, which means data back-up and re-installing your programs/application software.

Best idea is to back up your data to an external hard drive and re-install your programs to the new computer IF they are compatible with Windows 10.

If you’re already running Windows 10, then there are a few other things to think about.
What people do you rely on that are still using Windows 7? Is your CPA still on Windows 7? If so, that’s not going to be a secure choice in 2020. You get my drift…..

Happy Computing!
Carole

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Once again I am writing to tell you how pleased I am with the recent service I received. The technician and the person who waited on me at the counter were friendly and efficient. (The technician explained everything he did to my laptop on the phone before pick up.)

Thank you very much for employing individuals such as these two!

Returning customer, Deborah T.

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How to Bring New Life to Your Old Computer

If your computer is 3 to 5 years old, and you’re not ready to buy a new one, this blog’s for you.

Back up your data before you do anything else!

Then, start with an assessment of what you have.  If you didn’t make any upgrades to the original system, you can Google the part number of the unit “Specs for HP 5LA11UT#ABA” for example.

  • What type and size of hard drive does it have?
  • How much memory does it have?
  • What is the processor type and speed?
  • What operating system are you using?

If you have an Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor, your system may qualify for the fountain of youth.  If you have a Pentium or AMD processor, you may want to start saving for that new computer…. but there are still a few things you can do to optimize your system’s performance.

All computers will benefit from some basic computer maintenance tips.   Please see my blog about that!  Maintenance Blog   Defragmenting your hard drive, cleaning up temp files, deleting files you no longer need are just the tip of the iceberg, so please read that blog and follow those steps first.

The computer component most prone to failure is the hard drive.  If your computer is 3 to 5 years old you may have a SATA, mechanical-type hard drive.  This is a drive with moving parts, that takes a while to boot up, read to and write to files, and because of those moving parts, it’s more prone to failure.

Consider upgrading to a new Solid State Drive or SSD.   This uses technology on a chip to store data.  It boots up and stores data extremely fast.  Don’t forget to back up your entire drive first or have your local computer store do a data transfer to the new drive.

If you are running Windows 10 (or for that matter, Windows 7) and only have 4GB of Memory, you should upgrade to 8GB if your machine can expand.   Many people who bought systems with Windows 7 took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade but it requires most of 4GB of RAM just to function.  Buying and installing RAM is tricky.  There are many types and speeds of RAM (DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, buffered, unbuffered, ECC, non-ECC, 204-Pin, 260-Pin, PCL-12800 and many more) and your motherboard will take a specific type; best to let an expert assist with this this too!

Performing computer software maintenance and (assuming your computer is upgradable), upgrading to an SSD and additional RAM, can give your computer a new life.