Upgrade to Windows 10
Upgrade to Windows 10 – People with Windows 7 computers are now getting messages about support for Windows 7 ending soon. Depending on the message you see it says something along the lines of
‘After 10 years support Windows 7 is nearing the end’.
The actual date is January 14, 2020, that support is due to end. How do I know which version of Windows I am running?
If your computer looks like this above when it says welcome, it’s Windows 7.
What is this ‘support’
14 January 2020 is the last day that Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for computers running Windows 7. It’s the security update aspect of this message which is of most concern. This means that Microsoft won’t be offering any security updates to fix any bugs in Windows 7. Windows 7 has been out a while now and is not as secure as the latest version of Windows.
Certainly, most of the computers affected by the Wannacry Ransomware attack that hit the NHS in 2017 were running Windows 7. And now with support ending for Windows 7, it will be even more vulnerable. As when Windows XP support finished, it means you should carry out anything financial on your PC after the end date.
The short answer is, it is less secure and more vulnerable to Viruses and Malware.
What are my options?
That means that Microsoft would like you to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a popular choice and there are now more computers running Windows 10 than running Windows 7. Windows 10 is now running on more than 800 million devices worldwide.
However, as human beings, we tend to be a little bit resistant to change!
But apart from the look of Windows 10 it still operates in basically the same way.
Depending on your Windows 7 system it may be a case that you can just upgrade your operating system to the new Windows 10 without having to buy a new computer. You can run the Windows 10 compatibility tool on your current system to find out if there will be any problems. It can be downloaded from here. Then you can download the upgrade from the Microsoft website and upgrade your PC. But don’t forget to back up your data first!