After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.  Windows 7 is a personal computer operating system produced by Microsoft.  It was released to manufacturing in 2009 and on Jan. 14, 2020 Microsoft will no longer provide free security updates, bug fixes or technical support for Windows 7.

All good things come to an end and every Windows product has a life-cycle. The life-cycle begins when the product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported.

According to Net Applications, a web analytics vendor, 38% of all PC’s were operating on Windows 7 as of February 2019.  This means that there are a lot of Windows 7 users who should be updating their operating system prior to Jan. 1, 2020.

If you are one of those Microsoft 7 users who need to start thinking about finally moving on from your favorite operating system, here are a couple of things to note. Just because Windows 7 is in its end of life status, doesn’t mean you can’t continue to use it.  But on the same note, we don’t recommend that you continue to use this operating system.  Simply because Microsoft will not be supporting the system with security updates.  Knowing this, if you continue to use Microsoft 7, you are putting yourself and your computer at risk for malicious viruses and other technical issues.

Ok, so you have decided to upgrade your operating system, but how?  You have many choices, but the obvious and simplest option is to upgrade to Windows 10.  Upgrading from Windows 7 to 10 has several benefits.  Because both systems are manufactured by Microsoft you will experience the minimum of disruptions and the layout and interfaces are similar, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust.

However, since Windows 10 is the newest operating system, it may not work well on your older computer.  For example, Windows 10 requires a 1 GHz processor and at least 1 GB for RAM.

If all this talk about Windows 7 to Windows 10, 1 GHz processor, 1 GB Ram, makes you uneasy and unsure about what your current operating system is or what your computer has for specs,  you can call DRN or ReadiTech’s support team for assistance.  We will be happy to talk to you about your current computer, help you discover what operating system and what your computer has for a processor, hard disk space, etc.

After this discovery session, if you find you need to purchase a new computer, DRN and ReadiTech can assist you with purchasing a new computer with a new operating system that will protect your files, software and hardware from bugs, worms, ransomware and more.

Kari Nishek – Business Intelligence Manager

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