Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. Now is the ideal opportunity to implement a plan to upgrade your computer system, maximising the strength of your machine’s security.
Millions of people welcomed the launch of Microsoft Windows 7, which was released on July 22, 2009, but almost 10 years later, this ‘good thing’ is coming to an end.
According to recent figures, Windows 7 machines account for an average 42.39% of all Windows personal computers.
Even though the development of Windows 10 has been positive, with its market share hitting around 34.29%, the substantial number of individuals and businesses who continue to use Windows 7 is somewhat alarming.
Syn-Star: Complete I.T. Solutions has been exploring options available to you, and here they follow:
- Do nothing
As soon as Microsoft pull the plug on their support for Windows 7, it is improbable any changes to your computer system will be noticed.
Fewer pop-ups warning you about potential threats, an absence of monthly updates, and no dent to your bank account sounds all too appealing, right?
Wrong. That attitude could present a whole arsenal of issues.
It is firmly recommended you do not delay upgrading your software; the longer you use Windows 7 after its support has been culled, the greater you are at risk of a cyber-attack.
- Pay for external support
Your I.T. is one of the most important assets you will require to support you with your academia, work, as well as personal admin and entertainment, so it’s important for it to be reliable.
In September of last year, Microsoft announced its intention to offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs).
In plain English, you pay a specialist to ensure your Windows 7 machine remains secure after Microsoft stops its support.
This option wouldn’t break the bank, at $50 (£38.60) for the first year, $100 (£77.19) in year two, and $200 (£154.38) for the third year. Oh, and it’s important to note these prices are per device.
The figures can total up to becoming a substantial expenditure on a software most users ditching, so is it really worthwhile?
- Isn’t it about time you upgrade?
Planning to upgrade your device is possibly the most recommended option regards moving away from Windows 7.
We understand investing in I.T. isn’t the most exciting of expenditure, but it is imperative to support you for a whole manor of reasons.
Assuming there are no compatibility issues with the software you use, an upgrade should be pretty straightforward.
The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system is Windows 10. That’s what we recommend you plan to upgrade to in the forthcoming months.
Syn-Star: Complete I.T. Solutions has a team of experienced technicians here to advise, and support, on any software and hardware upgrades.
If you, or someone you know, is using Windows 7, please encourage them to contact us via the form at our website.