What Does the End of Windows 7 Support Mean to Me…

Businesses in all industries deal with similar problems due to the nature of their technology solutions.  Many businesses in the financial world use Microsoft Products.  If you are one of them, the clock is ticking and you need to do something about upgrading your operating system as your data security could depend on it.

Windows 7 support will end January 14, 2020.

PCs with Windows 7 will still work, but will become more vulnerable to security issues and viruses since they will no longer receive Microsoft software or security updates.  This fall my IT adviser strongly recommended that I upgrade our PCs to Windows 10 operating systems.  Below are Microsoft’s recommendations as supplied to me by my IT professional:

What does end of support mean for me?

After January 14, 2020, if your PC is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a current operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support. Related services for Windows 7 will also be discontinued over time. For example, certain applications and games including Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkers as well as Electronic Program Guide for Windows Media Center are scheduled to be discontinued in January 2020.

What should I do?

For most Windows 7 users, moving to a new device with Windows 10 will be the recommended path forward. Today’s PCs are faster, lightweight yet powerful, and more secure, with an average price that’s considerably less than that of the average PC eight years ago. Your IT provider can help you choose a new PC in just a few easy steps.

Can I upgrade my existing PC to Windows 10?

To take advantage of the latest hardware capabilities, we recommend moving to a new PC with Windows 10. As an alternative, compatible Windows 7 PCs can be upgraded by purchasing and installing a full version of the software. For relatively new systems you possibly purchased with Windows 10 using the downgrade option for Windows 7 you may be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for a free upgrade. Contact your IT provider for further assistance.

Thank you Jim Dipelesi, president of JRD Technical Associates Inc, for providing me with this information and for always having our back when it comes to maintaining our computer systems.

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