You may be aware that Windows 7 end of support date is drawing near (January 14, 2020). Just because Microsoft is discontinuing support, doesn’t mean that you will no longer be able to use your computer with Windows 7 on it. You will still be able to browse the web, check your email, or type up a new document, however, your computer and the data it stores will no longer be secure.
Microsoft discontinuing support of Windows 7 means they will no longer release security patch updates or maintain the quality of the operating system. This means that it will become easier for your data to be compromised. In order to avoid such risks and viruses, it is recommended that you upgrade to Windows 10.
Why is support for Windows 7 ending?
Upkeep costs for continued security patch updates and maintenance involved in supporting an operating system is expensive; even for huge companies like Microsoft. It’s inefficient to offer continued support to an operating system that is now 10 years old, especially when Microsoft now has newer operating systems that have more capabilities and features.
The end of Windows 7 has been known since Microsoft initially released the operating system in 2009. It had a good run and was the best received operating system from Microsoft so far.
How do I move to Windows 10?
You have a couple of options when choosing to leave Windows 7 and switch to Microsoft’s newest operating system. One option is to install the new operating system on your current computer. There are some hardware specifications and requirements to run Windows 10, and a Windows 10 upgrade license will cost money. In general terms, we do not recommend an upgrade for machines that were purchased in 2015 or earlier.
Your second option is to purchase a new machine. This may be a Windows 10 machine, or you may take the opportunity to switch to a Mac, iPad Pro or Chromebook depending on your specific computing needs.
Plan Your Upgrade
ITS can help you make the decision that would be best for you. If you’re still using Windows 7, contact us to reach our knowledgeable team members and learn more about the latest products and features.