JANUARY 14, 2020
Microsoft has announced that on January 14, 2020, they will officially stop supporting Windows 7 on laptops and desktops and will no longer offer security patches for Windows 7. This is not a new concept. All versions of Windows have a planned “end” date so Microsoft doesn’t have to keep supporting it forever while moving forward with newer products.
Your Windows 7 computer will still operate fine initially, but it will be much more vulnerable to viruses and hackers. Once Microsoft stops supporting an operating system, other programs on your computer will likely stop offering updates and patches for their software as well, which will lead to other access and security issues.
You basically have three options: Keep using Windows 7, Upgrade to Windows 10, Get a New Computer.
1) Keep Using Windows 7
As discussed above, continuing to use Windows 7 will be very risky and eventually futile as you will be more vulnerable to threats and less welcomed by websites. If you use your computer games, basic browsing, or email, you may be fine continuing with Windows 7 for now. However, if you do anything involving personal, financial, or private information, you will not want to continue using Windows 7 after January 14, 2019.
2) Upgrade Current Computer To Windows 10
You may be able to upgrade your current computer to Windows 10, but the chances are not good. Your memory, processor, hard drive, internal components, and 3rd party software all have to be Windows 10 compatible. Even if it can be upgraded, the performance may be poor and you may still run into issues.
3) Get A New Computer Or Other Device
For most people, a new computer (or other device) will be the best route. Buying a new computer means you get a computer built and designed to run Windows 10. For some people, switching to a different type of device, like a tablet or Chromebook, is the best option. TCC sells both new laptops (loaded with Windows 10) and Apple iPads and you can have billed on your TCC bill over 24 months (with credit check, bundle plan, and EFT).
WHICH VERSION DO YOU HAVE?
Look in the lower left corner.
If you have a “Start” button that looks like this: you have Windows 7 (or even Windows Vista, which is already expired).
If the “Start” button looks like a white window over a black bar > , you should already have Windows 10 so you are good!
Contact TCC and we will be happy to assess your situation and point you in a good direction.