After being around for 10 years, support for Windows 7 ends January 14, 2020. Windows 7 is currently used by almost 70% of businesses worldwide. It is one of the most successful operating systems to date. However, the outdated system has become too costly for Microsoft to support. Its end also means the end of support for Internet Explorer.
When support for Windows 7 ends, computers will still function as normal. However, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for Windows 7 related issues, software updates, or security updates or fixes. Users can still use their PC to continue running Windows 7, but due to the lack of software and security updates, any computer still using the software will be at a greater risk for viruses and malware. When support for Windows 7 ends, the best way to stay protected is to install Windows 10. It is recommended to purchase an updated PC because while it is possible to install Windows 10 on a newer computer, the software performs better on a newer device.
There are steps to take to ensure the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 goes smoothly.
- Back up stored files and photos-Save a copy of all of your personal files and photos to OneDrive or an external hard drive of your choosing. You can find Microsoft support and instruction for moving your files here.
- Purchase a new PC–Modern PCs are fast, durable, and relatively low-cost. Research the latest PCs to find the right one for you.
- Get to know Windows 10–Windows 10 is the newest software available. Microsoft provides users making the transition with lots of tips and tutorials to answer any questions.
If your business is currently using Windows 7, begin planning for its end of life date. For any IT services and support, contact Smart Offices and Smart Homes for all your software needs!