After over 10 years of service, Microsoft will end their support of Windows 7 on the 14th January 2020.
So, what does that mean if you're running Windows 7 on your computer? Essentially, your computer will still work but, will no longer receive any software or security updates from Microsoft. Ergo, your computer has the potential to become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.
There are a number of options open to you if you're currently running Windows 7 and we'll run through these, along with any caveats:
1. Upgrade your computer to Windows 10
Upgrading to Windows 10 will ensure you get the latest updates. However, things to bear in mind with this option:
Microsoft are no longer offering a free upgrade. Purchase of a Windows 10 License is required, which can cost anywhere up to $300 depending on the version.
Your current computer may not be capable of running Windows 10, depending on age and/or the Manufacturer providing compatible updates for your computer.
You may be using software that is not compatible with Windows 10
2. Buy a new computer
It's probably the most expensive of the options but, will ensure you have a fully compatible Windows 10 Computer and ensures you'll receive the security patches and updates.
3. Continue running your computer on Windows 7
You can continue to run Windows 7 on your computer. This might be necessary, particularly if you're running key software that won't function on Windows 10. With this option it is more risky but, you can ensure you have a decent Anti-Virus program to help protect your system.
Additionally, Microsoft will allow the purchase of Extended support until 2023 for Enterprise Level customers on a per device basis. Which doesn't help home-based users but, could be an option depending on which version of Windows 7 is being used.
Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion about the options open to you if you're running Windows 7.