The end of Windows 7: What to do?
Windows 7 is still one of the most beloved OS by Microsoft users. We understand that a bunch of people resisted to change it for Windows 10 due to its stability and feel of easiness. However, ten years have passed since its launch and Microsoft discontinued Windows 7 support last January, 14th 2020.
Does this mean that you will no longer be able to use your computer like you have been doing?
You may still work on it, although you will no longer get updates nor tech support from Microsoft.
Then: Why all the drama?
The main point is that not getting updates has two huge snags that will get worse over time:
1 – Functionality: Chances are that new devices that you want to pair or plug with your computer won’t do it properly. Also, new software or updates from already installed software in your computer will more and more face compatibility issues and can stop working or bring new serious problems along. I recall this happened with an old Office version. One day Excel could open files but as long as you entered a formula it crashed. Believe me, you do not want this to happen to you. It is a painful surprise when you have a deadline approaching.
2 – Security: The worst; there is a whole empire of hackers out there looking for OS vulnerabilities. These are “holes” in our computer security. When companies find them, they solve it by modifying the software with an update or “patch”. Stop receiving updates implies that every new “hole” will not be “patched” and consequently we will be every day more easy to be attacked by hackers.
Final question: What do I have to do?
Microsoft advises to buy a new Windows 10 license. We can help you migrating form W7 to W10 and keep all your data and files in your current computer.
We can also check together for a new computer with Windows 10 already installed and make you a couple of proposals for you to decide. Let’s get in touch! innovamee.com