Support for Windows 7 is Set to End
As has been widely publicised in both the mainstream and industry press, Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system will reach its End of Life on 14 January 2020. If you have updated to the latest version of Windows 7 (KB4493132), you will probably also have received updates directly from Microsoft notifying you of the forthcoming change.
However, while End of Life is set to occur at the beginning of 2020, Windows 7 has in fact been in an extended support phase since 13 January 2015. From this date onwards, no new features have been added, although security issues and bugs have still been addressed. These too will nevertheless cease when Windows 7 reaches End of Life in January next year.
What are the implications of End of Life for Windows 7?
So what does End of Life for Windows 7 mean for home and business users in Adelaide? In short, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates or security updates for anyone using Windows 7 on a desktop PC or laptop.
It is crucial that you are using an operating system on your laptop or PC that is fully supported by Microsoft if you want to be able to work safely and efficiently. Therefore, if you don’t upgrade away from Windows 7, from 14 January 2020 onwards your system’s safety will likely be compromised, as it will no longer be patched to deal with new malicious viruses or any other security problems that emerge. As a result, anyone using this out-of-date operating system could become a target for hackers.
Therefore, End of Life has important implications for the ongoing safe operation of your system, and so Computer Geeks Australia suggests that all current users of the Windows 7 operating system upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Can I still use Windows 7?
While it is possible to continue using Windows 7 after it reaches its End of Life, it is important to understand that even though your PC or laptop will continue to work, it is likely to become significantly more vulnerable to viruses and security threats. Your device will still start up and run, but there is a high probability that your data will be at risk.
We therefore strongly recommend if you are using Windows 7 in your home or business in Adelaide that you call Computer Geeks Australia on 1300 854 576 to discuss moving over to Windows 10 at the earliest available opportunity. We are happy to offer a free assessment of your existing hardware to ascertain whether it is suitable for a Windows 10 upgrade.
What about Windows 8?
Although it might seem like an appealing option to compromise and only update to Windows 8, this will likely prove a false economy. This is because Windows 8 is already in the extended support phase and will reach End of Life in January 2023, so it won’t be too long until you find yourself in the same situation once more.
What are the key features of Windows 10?
Anyone who is familiar with Windows 7 will find the move to Windows 10 relatively painless in terms of the user interface, as there are many similarities in the layout and design. In particular, the return of the Start Menu has been welcomed by most Windows users, and it has been enhanced through the inclusion of some new features such as live tiles that can be customised and reorganised.
However, there are also a number of new features and improvements to existing ones that will further enhance the user experience and increase productivity. Some of these include:
Facial recognition or the fingerprint reader can be used to log in instantly on compatible devices. You can also utilise Windows Hello to log in to a range of apps without having to use a password.
With Windows 10, you can use a digital pen to draw diagrams, edit documents and spreadsheets, add features to a PowerPoint presentation, or markup routes on a map, to name just a few of its many applications.
Cortana Digital Assistant
Cortana is a voice-controlled digital assistant that makes it easier to multi-task on your PC. For instance, with Windows 10 you can use Cortana to search for files, open documents and presentations, or send emails while simultaneously performing other tasks, significantly increasing productivity.
Microsoft Edge has replaced Internet Explorer as the pre-installed web browser in Windows 10. It can be integrated with the Cortana digital assistant and is much more user-friendly, responsive and intuitive than its predecessor.
With Windows 10, it is easier to work across all of your devices, as Universal Apps adapt to screens of all sizes, while all content is stored and synced via the cloud in OneDrive.
What is the best way to upgrade to Windows 10?
The best way to upgrade to Windows 10 is on a new PC, and the latest desktops and laptops from the biggest and most respected manufacturers — such as Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell, Hewlett Packard and others — all come with Windows 10 pre-installed.
Computer Geeks Australia can source and supply high quality PCs and laptops at highly competitive prices — all backed by our outstanding levels of personal service and support — to make the move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Adelaide business and home users as quick and simple as possible.
However, if you don’t want to upgrade to a new laptop or PC, it might nevertheless be possible to update to Windows 10 on your existing device, as it is designed run on some older hardware. Computer Geeks Australia can take care of every aspect of this process for you, so call us on 1300 854 576 to get a free assessment of your existing hardware and, provided it is compatible, we will then move you over to Windows 10 with a minimum of fuss.
Alternatively, if the existing configuration of your device is not sufficient for Windows 10 to be installed, it might still be possible to upgrade your current PC or laptop to give it additional processing power — talk to us about whether this more cost-effective solution might be right for you.
When you are ready to update from Windows 7 to Windows 10, your first step should be to call Computer Geeks Australia. We can provide a free assessment of your existing hardware to check whether it is suitable for an upgrade, source and supply a new Windows 10 compatible laptop or PC, help you to update to Windows 10 on your existing device, or upgrade your current machine so that it is capable of running Windows 10.
Call Computer Geeks Australia on 1300 854 576 or get in touch via email for expert advice on moving away from Windows 7, and to find out more about how to get the most out of Windows 10 on a new Adelaide business or home PC.