Windows has announced that they will no longer support Windows 7 starting on January 14, 2020. This means that starting on January 15, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance and software updates for Windows 7 systems. This change has an impact on many businesses and residents. We’re here to answer questions and help you with the next steps.
What does this mean for me and/or my business?
Many of our clients, both residential and IT business customers, still use Windows 7 operating systems. If you are using Windows 7, you will want to update your system to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Do this several months before the deadline so you can be prepared with the new operating system and make sure nothing has been deleted.
Can I update to Windows 10 by myself?
Yes, but we do not recommend taking this matter into your own hands. There are many issues that can arise, from losing your data, hardware malfunctions, and software incompatibility.
Is it worth it?
That depends. We highly recommend investing your money in a new computer if it’s an older model. Computers should usually be traded in for a new model every 3-4 years. Newer computers should definitely get the Windows 10 upgrade.
I heard Windows 10 is terrible. Do I have to update my OS?
The update is completely optional and if you opt out, your Windows 7 OS will still work (for now). It is worth noting that if you have automatic updates turned on, you will receive it. And again, you won’t get technical support or future software updates from Microsoft after the cut-off date. This can put your data, computer, and business at great risk of cyber attacks.
You can also switch to Linux or purchase a Mac.
Why is this happening?
Every product has a lifecycle, and this is no different. To view the Windows lifecycle fact sheet and the end-of-support dates for different versions, please click here.
What’s my next step?
Give the Nerds a call! We will walk you through the next steps that would be most beneficial to you and/or your business. We offer free consultations to businesses of all sizes and will provide expert care to help get your OS updated and running smoothly. Reach us at 510-275-3475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.