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As you've probably heard. Microsoft Windows 7 will soon be coming to the end of its life.

Should you be worried about the end of life for Microsoft Windows 7?

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Windows 7 - End of Life

Microsoft announced that January 14th 2020 will be the end of life for Windows 7. The date given by Microsoft is when they will stop their extended support for Microsoft Windows 7 permanently.

What does it mean?

The Windows 7 operating system will no longer receive updates, and Microsoft’s customer service teams will no longer give technical assistance. Users staying with the operating system are more open to getting viruses due to the lack of software updates. 

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Windows 7 End of Life 14/01/20
  • Security Risks
  • Support end
  • No-more updates
  • More likly to hack
  • No driver support
  • Third Party Software updates
  • Virus Risks

Windows 7 - End of Life, Solution

Continue using Windows 7

If you would prefer to stay with Windows, there are a few options for you. If you are a business owner, upgrading a full office of PCs to Windows 10 and retraining staff can be expensive and time-consuming. Microsoft is offering extended support through Windows Enterprise, a subscription service which will mean your PCs will still be able to receive security updates for a yearly fee. During the first year, the service will cost £20 per device, rising to £40 in year two, and £80 in year three. Microsoft hopes that by 2023, the Windows 7 user base will be so small they no longer need to receive updates. Alternatively, you can buy Windows 10 Home Edition for £119.99. 

Windows 7 systems run on older hardware and may not be able to run Windows 10 or alternative, newer operating systems. Another benefit of keeping a Windows system means it is much easier to backup your data, and can easily be transferred while upgrading your operating system.

Upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft is constantly pushing people using Windows 7 to avoid this by updating their devices to Windows 10, the newest version of the operating system. 

Microsoft recommends upgrading your equipment to a system with Windows 10 built-in, to take advantage of newer hardware. Alternatively, you can buy Windows 10 Home Edition for £119.99

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Can you upgrade with an older Computer?

Windows 7 systems run on older hardware. But this doesn’t mean that Windows 10 will work on your machine.

if your computer’s hardware doesn’t support Microsoft Windows 10, you have several options.

  • Purchase a new computer and transfer your data
  • Upgrade your equipment to new hardware. Keeping your data as it is.

 

Hardware needed to run windows 10

Microsoft has given the minimum system requirements for a system to run Windows 10. These are;

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1GB for a 32-bit system or 2GB for a 64-bit system
  • Storage Space: 16GB for a 32-bit OS or 20GB for a 64-bit OS
  • GPU: DirectX 9 or later
  • Display: 800×600 resolution or higher
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However, to run it to a decent standard most people recommend at least a 2GHz dual-core process, 4GB of RAM and a 160GB hard drive.

Try alternative operating systems

 If you do not wish to upgrade to Windows 10, there are other alternatives such as Linux, a free, open-source operating system. Linux has a large variety of versions known as ‘distros’. Different distros can cater to different needs as they can run various features, and some are even designed to run on older hardware, meaning you may not have to update your hardware. Another alternative would be upgrading to an iMac or Macbook manufactured by Apple. These products run on the macOS, currently in the ‘Mojave’ update, and still, receive constant updates.

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alternative operating systems for Windows 7 end of life

Staying with Windows 7

If you would prefer to stay with Windows, there are a few options for you. If you are a business owner, upgrading a full office of PCs to Windows 10 and retraining staff can be expensive and time-consuming. Microsoft is offering extended support through Windows Enterprise, a subscription service which will mean your PCs will still be able to receive security updates for a yearly fee. During the first year, the service will cost £20 per device, rising to £40 in year two, and £80 in year three. Microsoft hopes that by 2023, the Windows 7 user base will be so small they no longer need to receive updates. Alternatively, you can buy Windows 10 Home Edition for £119.99. 

Windows 7 systems run on older hardware and may not be able to run Windows 10 or alternative, newer operating systems. Another benefit of keeping a Windows system means it is much easier to backup your data, and can easily be transferred while upgrading your operating system.

Conclusion about Windows 7 End of Life.

We all loved Windows 7, likely that most if not all windows users have used windows 7.

But the ultimate question is should you be worried about the end of life for Microsoft Windows 7.

Well, that decision is entirely up to you.

Although Microsoft is stopping the support and update for Windows 7, This does not mean that the operating system won’t work. It is quite the opposite. You can still use it as you have been. The only thing that you have to worry about is. you are at risk!

That question depends on you. How you use your computer and what you use it for. Ideally, if you would like to continue using windows 7, you can keep it by all means.

But as long as your aware this does come with risks.
In the ideal world, If keeping windows 7 is your choice. You should get your computer regularly serviced and checked for issues, threats and viruses.
As after windows 7’s end of life, you are at higher risk of becoming infected or becoming vulnerable to hacks.

The choice is yours.

 


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