As mentioned in our podcasts and on a previous blog, the security patches/updates (referred to as “support”) for Windows 7 will be ending on January 14, 2020. I think this is important because hackers know this and will go after the vulnerabilities in Windows 7… probably not immediately, but as time goes by and the vulnerabilities are exposed, you can bet on it.
Windows 7 is going to nag you with a pop up letting you know that the support is ending, but there is a “Do Not Remind Me Again” checkbox at the bottom of the pop up. That will stop the reminders for now, but not forever. If you don’t check that box, and just close the popup screen, you will continue to be reminded so frequently that you will want to scream. (Yes, literally).
If you are still using Windows 7, your computer is getting a bit on the older side and things like the hard drive may start to fail soon. Processors and memory rarely fail these days unless there is a power surge through them or human intervention causes an issue, but hard drives fail. Period.
This upcoming holiday season is an excellent time to consider a new computer with Windows 10. Places like Computer Corner can configure your new computer to look like Windows 7, so you may want to consider buying locally to get that special feature. And, (plug for us), Computer Corner gives you a free Windows 10 class with your computer purchase, to help you along your path to enjoying Windows 10.
Windows 10 is one of the most secure operating systems that Microsoft has ever produced and has now surpassed Windows 7 in its installation base. It has some great features like Cortana, search improvements and more control over updates (when and if they occur). There’s many more of course!
Upgrading an older Windows 7 computer could be problematic, and let’s face it, it’s still an old computer. Don’t forgot our tips for buying a new Windows 10 computer though:
- Buy with Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit (not Windows 10 Home), or you will lose many features that you might want down the line.
- Buy with at least 8GB of RAM. Windows 10 barely operates on 4GB and your computer will run slowly if you buy with 4GB.
- Remember that even if you opt for a data transfer, you (or someone) will need to reload your programs (like Excel, QuickBooks, Word, etc.) and you’ll need the discs or license keys for that.
- Back up your data somewhere, somehow and test that the back up works before upgrading to Windows 10 OR buying a new Windows 10 computer.
- Check compatibility of your older printers and scanners. They may be compatible with a driver update or firmware update, but may not be. Go to the manufacturer’s website to check this.
If you have a business and many Windows 7 computers that you want to continue to support with patches, Microsoft will do that, but there is a fee for every computer you want supported. You can go to the Microsoft Support Center on their website to learn more.
Contact us for a free business evaluation of your Windows 7 PC’s and we can help make the transition as easy as possible.