With Windows 7 support ending on the 14th January 2020 now is the time to think about upgrading either your computer or your operating system.
What exactly does end of support mean?
According to Microsoft…
After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support.Available here
There will be no more security updates
As stated above, there is no need to worry about your computer becoming unusable because unless there is something wrong with it, it shouldn’t suddenly stop. What eventually will become unusable is the operating system. Just like with Windows XP and Vista, Microsoft will stop providing security updates and fixes which will essentially make the computer into a hackers playground.
Software vendors will stop supporting it too!
Software vendors, including Antivirus vendors, will also stop supporting it, meaning you will need to rely on old software. Popular programs such as Google Chrome and Steam won’t work just like they don’t in Windows XP.
You might face issues with new hardware!
New hardware might not be supported by the old Operating System meaning that your upgrade options will be limited.
So what can you do?
Upgrade to Windows 10!
The most simple thing to do would be to upgrade your system to Windows 10, this will practically give you fresh system. It will also extend the life of your computer.
It seems that you can still upgrade your Windows 7 computer for free and that’s the steps you take:
When Microsoft ends this method, you will need to purchase a licence, which is only right as it costs to make and maintain an operating system.
What if your computer is not compatible with Windows 10?
There are many factors to consider before making the upgrade such as is your data backed up to a separate storage device and whether your hardware will actually support the new system. Back in the Windows 10 Insider Preview days, I was able to install Windows 10 Insider Preview onto a computer that didn’t support Windows 10 out of the factory. This computer had an Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a tiny 160GB Hard Drive!
But what are my options?
You can always buy a new computer or you can upgrade to Linux! Linux is a family of Open-Source operating systems such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint which is what I’m currently using to write this article. Both Linux Mint and Ubuntu are completely free to use and Download and most importantly of all, they are supported!
Approximately 7 months ago, I actually migrated to Linux Mint Cinamon and it was a great decision because it allowed me to discover and learn a new operating system which I really like. Yes, I still use Windows, I currently have a dual boot setup on my rig with Windows 10 and I use Windows 10 at work.