Windows 7 is ending!

But this isn’t the end of the world as we know it.

What This Means

Back in March of 2019 Microsoft announced that Windows 7 will reach end of support on the 14th January 2020. Meaning Microsoft will no longer support technical issues, release software updates or security updates. This leaves anyone who continues to use windows 7 machines after the deadline vulnerable to many forms of risks.

The most critical to both individuals and business who don’t want to make this change will be to the security updates. Without the regular improvements and patches made by Microsoft it will be only a matter of time when malicious software can take advantage. When Windows XP reached end of support the NHS continued to maintain its systems which lead to one of the worst cyber attacks in current history by means of the WannaCry virus.

Prepare Now

Changing computer or even just the Operating System may seem daunting, but it can be a simple process. You have a few options depending on your current level of hardware and how much you’re willing to invest.

Upgrade to Windows 10

If your hardware is compatible with Windows 10 then the easiest method would be to buy a windows 10 licence and do an in-place upgrade.

This will cost around £119.99 for a Home user and £219.99 for Windows Pro.

Buy a New Computer

Probably the costliest option but it opens up a world of possibilities. When looking for a new machine make sure you buy something that’s fit for your needs and not be pressured into buying something way over or under powered for your daily tasks.

Always ask if a Computer is what you need, tablets are always improving and offer a simpler way to access the internet and emails and basic tasks. A Laptop is portable but costs more than a desktop and won’t have much room to upgrade the hardware as new technology is released. A desktop will be a cheaper option depending on if you go down an all-in-one route or stick to the traditional tower and monitor and allows for improving the system over time.

My primary recommendation is, always go for SSD storage as the boot location. SSD technology has reduced in price and the performance you receive is worth it. Depending on what model you go for you might be able to add extra storage and putting a 2TB HDD won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Replacing the Operating System

One option I don’t hear very often is to remove Windows from the equation completely and go to a free Linux based OS. This might be due to how scary the concept can be. Linux might take some getting use to but its free and has become more user friendly than ever, especially if you stick to the larger more supported communities like Ubuntu.

Make sure you take a complete backup of your machine before doing anything.

Moving to Linux can be a great way to extend the life of your machine, it has a smaller footprint and less resource hungry than traditional Windows.

You can learn more from the Ubuntu website: https://ubuntu.com/

Not Sure What to Do?

If you are still not sure what to do at home or at work, then get in touch and I can make sure you choose the best solution without over spending.


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