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…..