Happy holidays from O’Fallon Computers, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! You may or may have not heard the news, but Microsoft has made a bold move and has decided that they will not be supporting Windows 7 as of mid-January. Unfortunately, at this time we currently do not have an exact date as to when Support will end, In this article from Microsoft it mentions January 14th, but we have also heard that support could end as late as January 20th, 2020

This is forcing home and business users to make a very uncomfortable decision, Windows 7 was officially released July 22nd, 2009, therefore 2020 marks 10 years, so it makes sense they are pulling support.  The big question on everyone’s mind is “What does this mean for me?”  Everyone’s situation is unique to the user so I am going to share with you what we know to make things a little easier.

One of the biggest questions we get is, “Am I required to upgrade to Windows 10?” The answer is no, you are not “required” to.  With that being said, we obviously encourage you to upgrade, upgrading ensures that you get the latest updates from Microsoft.  If you are a Windows 7 user and there’s an update you will not receive the update, this is why they are pushing the upgrade because those updates help keep your computer safe, and it keeps your current version of Windows running at its best possible performance.

I want to make something very clear: If you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you do qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10.  That being said, it is very important that you understand that just because your computer is eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 does not mean you should upgrade to Windows 10. There are a number of factors to consider when upgrading to Windows 10. the best thing you can do is contact us, so we can determine if your computer can run Windows 10 efficiently.

O’Fallon Computers makes upgrading your home or business computers easy.  Another really big question we get is “If I upgrade to Windows 10 what will happen to my important information on my computer?” What we can do for you is make a FULL backup of your important files, so that the information is not lost, your  “data” would get copied to a flash drive as a precautionary measure.  Most times when upgrading the information is not affected, what sometimes can be affected is programs you have installed.

Microsoft is not only pulling Support for Windows 7 but they are also pulling support for Microsoft Office 2010.  Most of the time when you upgrade your programs will carry over… please note we do not have a way to back up programs, no company does, what you need to understand is this: if you upgrade to Windows 10 and let’s say you pick up a virus they may be a chance that Windows 10 may need to be reinstalled if you had Office 2010 installed you will lose that program. Even if you had the original licensing for that program you could not reinstall it, what would happen is you would be forced to buy the latest (and possibly LAST stand-alone) version of Office which is 2019 (or the subscription-based Office 365).

Please contact O’Fallon Computers if you are considering upgrading to Windows 10  These are the basics of what you need to know but there are other things to consider, such as will my printer work what will happen to my WiFi in the home or business, this really is a big decision and should not be taken lightly.

If you have any questions about upgrading or simply need service fro your system, please contact us directly at (636) 980-6472 or you can send us a message using this link.

Thanks for reading! please feel free to leave a comment with any questions or concerns.



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