All good things come to an end. In this case, Windows 7 support will end January 14, 2020. From the time I wrote this article, there is roughly one month of support remaining. What does this mean for you?
Well, now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10. As of November, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. I would recommend reading this article from CNET to find out how to grab a free upgrade.
The reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 are abundant. When there is no support for your operating system, you will no longer receive security patches. With the WannaCry revelations of 2017, causing worldwide damages in the range of hundreds of millions to billions of dollars, it’s important to keep your computer up-to-date. Malware and ransomware thrive on susceptible computers and networks.
If you’re concerned that Windows 10 is vastly more different than Windows 7, don’t fret. The layout of both versions of Windows are quite similar. Unlike Windows 8/8.1, both versions have a start menu. The start menu is probably one of the most iconic features of the Windows operating system. Most applications that run on Windows 7 are able to run on Windows 10. Of course, it’s important to also keep your programs up-to-date.
Instead of linking Microsoft’s article explaining how to prepare for an upgrade to Windows 10 (and then buy new computers on their store), I will mention the only important step: backup your files. You should be making regular backups of your documents and photos anyways, but it’s a good reminder before performing an upgrade.
If you have any questions regarding the upgrade process, or even just using Windows 7, don’t hesitate to contact me. You can fill send me your questions via the Computer Repair Inquiries form. It is my hope that you found this post useful, please consider sharing it on your social media platform of choice; sharing really does help us out. Of course, if you’re still using Windows 7, be sure to upgrade, upgrade, upgrade!