Many of my current followers might be surprised that I’m writing this article after I moved to Linux Mint a couple of months ago. But an Operating system is an Operating System and people have been asking me how to go about the upgrade.
In this article, I will go over the upgrade procedures but you might be thinking “Why upgrade from a perfectly good system”. Well, this is where I remind you that support is ending for Windows 7 next year so it’s good to be prepared.
What’s the harm staying on Windows 7?
Well if you plan to use your computer off-line, then there is no harm! In fact, I built a Windows XP Gaming laptop…
The reason you should keep your device off-line is that as of 14th January 2020 Windows 7 will no longer receive essential security updates and patches. Microsoft states in an article…
“An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware”.Microsoft: What does it mean if Windows isn’t supported? Available here
So how do I go about upgrading to Windows 10 and are there any other options?
First, it’s important to consider your PC’s hardware specification. You don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 if your PC’s won’t support it or if it will underperform. Google, Forums, Reddit and the manufacturer’s website are good places to find out if your device will be ok on Windows 10.
What if my computer is not compatible?
There are many alternative Linux based systems that are free to download. Alternatively, why don’t you buy a new computer?