When Windows 7 support ends and what it means?
Microsoft has officially announced the End of Extended Support date for Windows 7. On 14th of January 2020 the company will stop updating and supporting the operating system.
Microsoft is trying to encourage all Windows 7 users to update their operating system before that date comes. To do so there will be an update released, which will send notifications reminding about upgrading to Windows 10. Windows 7 has been on an ‘extended support’ phase since 13th of January 2015. That means that no more new features have been added with the updates though it has still been patched and updated to fix all security issues and bugs. From the 14th of January 2020 the operating system will continue to work, so all its users will still be able to use their PC’s as normal, although with much increased risk to their safety. When the End of Life date arrives, all support and updates from Microsoft will come to an end, which means PC’s with Windows 7 will be very vulnerable to new viruses and malicious attacks. It also means that if anyone encounters problems, Microsoft won’t offer any help and support.
What should you do if you still use Windows 7?
The most obvious and simple option is to upgrade your system to Windows 10. It means that you and your employees will experience least disruption. Both Operating Systems are really similar in layout and interface, so everyone should also find it easy to adjust. The updating process is fairly straightforward and allows you to keep all the files, although Microsoft still recommends to make a backup just in case.
Upgrading to Windows 10 might not be the right solution for some users as it requires buying the license, which can be quite expensive (£105+vat for the Home Edition and £180.00+vat for Windows 10 Professional for business users). Even though Microsoft have done a lot of work on making Windows 10 being able to run on older hardware, it’s still not guaranteed that your older PC or laptop won’t struggle with new update. In addition you will need to make sure any existing software and peripherals will be compatible with Windows 10.
Our recommended specification for Windows 10 would be:
- Processor: Intel i5 or AMD A10 or better
- RAM: 8 gigabytes (GB)
- Hard disk space: 128 GB for the OS but we would recommend 256Mb minimum for a light user.
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Display: minimum 800 x 600 resolution
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10, but don’t have the required minimum specification you may be able to upgrade your PC, though it may be more cost effective to look at replacing it with a new unit. The team at ACS Technologies are more than happy to recommend the right machine for you, whatever your budget and requirements!
What to do when you decide on upgrading to Windows 10?
Any upgrade should be planned, whether you have 1 PC or laptop or are looking to upgrade the whole Company’s infrastructure. Firstly, you will need to make sure your hardware and any associated software and peripherals are compatible. You should make sure that all of your documents are safely backed up before starting any updates. Even though transferring your files is part of the process in the upgrade, you never know when something might go wrong and you’ll lose all your data. And we don’t want that to happen, right?
Our engineers at ACS Technologies can make your switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 easy and hassle-free. Contact our friendly team to discuss our current hardware offers and how we can help you upgrade and stay safe and secure! As well as doing the update itself we can offer training to show you the latest features of your new operating system.
Contact us now via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01628819500.