Support for Microsoft Windows 7, a much-loved computer operating system for the last 10 years, where it served businesses and homes all over the world, is about to end.
Windows 7 surpassed adoption of later operating systems such as Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 but, unfortunately, this love affair must end. After 10 years Microsoft has finally decided enough is a enough and will be retiring the operating system on the 14th of January 2020. So, what does this mean?
Stockport based Amshire IT Solutions comments:
Come the 14th of January, which is only a number of days away, Microsoft will no longer release updates for the operating system. If the system is not being updated, then we might find that things are more prone to bugs.
As a lot of people have upgraded to the latest Microsoft Operating, system application builders are ensuing that all their latest products are compatible with the latest operating system. You may find that any new software you install is not compatible.
The biggest risk is that the computers become prone to attack from nefarious entities. As each day, week and month goes past the system will become increasingly vulnerable as updates will no longer be released to patch security vulnerabilities.
So what can done about it?
In 2015 Microsoft released Windows 10. Windows 10 is the very latest, and last operating system from Microsoft. Microsoft have said that they will continue to develop Windows 10 by releasing feature updates regularly, and security updates as and when required.
If you are still running Microsoft Windows 7 then you need to update to Windows 10 as soon as possible to ensure that your systems are as secure as they can be, and you have access to the latest software.
There are two ways which you could get Windows 10. The first is by way of an upgrade, but this would require you to have compatible hardware and an electronic upgrade license. As a rule, we would suggest anything older than 5 years is not compatible.
The second way would be to look at replacing the computer. By replacing the computer, you will be running newer hardware, which should give you a noticeable performance boost.
If you would like to know more, please seek advice from your IT provider.