On January 14th 2020 Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7.

This means that they will no longer provide updates and patches to computers running this operating system.

But what does this all mean?

Here are the 5 most common questions we receive:

1. Can I stay on Windows 7?

Yes you can stay on Windows 7 and it will still work after this date.
However, your system will be vulnerable to attacks, even if you have anti-virus software.

Windows Update fixes back doors into the system. If these back doors are not patched, hackers can bypass any security that you may have.

If you are a business then you should consider the GDPR side for things. Keeping your system and up to date is good practice and something to be included in your IT Policy.

2. Should I buy a new machine?

Consider these 3 things:
a. Current Computer age
b. Is this supported by manufacturer
c. Current Specification

Once you have this information, then you can decide if you can update your current machine to Windows 10 or purchase a new machine.

Not sure? Book a review and we will tell you.

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3. Can I still upgrade to Windows 10 for Free?

Even though the Windows 10 free upgrade ended to 2016. We have still been able to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

We would suggest backing up your system and running the windows 10 update. If the machine is not activated, then purchase a product key.

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4. How much does Windows 10 costs?

The official price from Microsoft is:

Windows 10 Home          £119.99 inc VAT

Windows 10 Pro               £219.99 inc VAT

There are other sources out there with a cheaper a price. Please always buy your software from a reputable supplier.

5. What about Windows 8 and 8.1

Windows 8 Start Sceen

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 8 back in 2016 and replaced this with Windows 8.1.

If you are running either system, then this is a good time to think about upgrading.

Many will agree that this was not the best of Microsoft’s operating systems.

The licensing and upgrade process is the same as Windows 7.

Where to Start?

The easiest place to start is to book a Windows 7 Upgrade Review

We can look at your current computers and recommend on the best way to move forward.

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