Windows 7 support has ended

Support for Windows 7 has ended. Did you miss your chance to upgrade? Here is what you need to know!

Welcome back! Today marks the day we have all been dreading for some time – support for Windows 7 has come to a close. Now that support for Windows 7 has officially come to an end we are getting a fair amount of questions on what steps we should take. First off let me say if you did not upgrade to Windows 10 prior to support ending for Windows 7, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. You do have some options. If you decided to take the plunge and upgrade yourself take a moment and check out this blog post.

It is no shock that support for Windows 7 has ended. Microsoft Windows 7 was officially released on October 29th, 2009. It is hard to believe that Windows 7 has been around for nearly 12 years. Windows 7 had a great run, it was one of Microsoft’s most stable operating systems ever made, it is almost bittersweet to see it go.

In this blog post, I want to take a moment to address some commonly asked questions in regards to all of the talk about Windows 7 support ending. The biggest question we are seeing is “Support has ended, Can I still use my computer?’ The answer to this question is YES, you can still use your computer but…Microsoft will not be releasing any new updates to patch existing problems, so what does this mean for you?  This means your computer is at a much higher risk of being vulnerable to infections.  Most of the time when your computer goes through installing Windows Updates it is updating your computer’s latest virus updates and things like that. If you do have Antivirus yes that will help some, but there is no guarantee. You need to make the upgrade, unless you have a computer that is not used on or connected to the Internet.

“I missed my chance to upgrade before the deadline, what are my options?” As I mentioned above, if you did not upgrade it’s not the end of the world. You have two options: you can either take the plunge and purchase a new computer, or you can upgrade your current system to Microsoft’s current operating system (Windows 10).  Whichever route you decide to take it will have some consequences, there are a handful of things you need to be aware of. I mentioned in a previous blog that just because your computer can run Windows 10 does not necessarily your computer should.. We ask that you please contact us so that we can better assist you and find the right solution that fits your needs. Everyone’s situation is going to be unique.

Another question we are getting is, “If I upgrade, what will happen to all my important information?”  Unfortunately, we cannot make any type of guarantee when it comes to this, what we can tell you is this: O’Fallon Computers can make you a FULL back up of your important information, that being said we are 100% NOT responsible for the loss of information or how it recovered, we cannot guarantee that data can be backed up, but in most cases it can, every situation is unique.  Upon pulling support for Windows 7, Microsoft also pulled support for earlier versions of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  If your current version of Office is 2010 or lower it is recommended to upgrade to the most current version of Office which is 2019. The other option is Office 365, a subscription-based solution from Microsoft.  If you need help getting Office set up please feel to reach out so we can help you get that completed.

“Will I need to purchase Antivirus software if I upgrade to Windows 10?” Yes and no – Windows 10 has a program built-in called Windows Defender that is built right in. it will do the trick for something free, I personally don’t think it works too well. We encourage our customers to purchase a copy of Norton Antivirus, you do not need to go with Norton as long as what you are buying is a PAID version. This is very important as you get updates when you buy the subscription. If you purchased an antivirus program in the past few years, you can log into your existing account and download what you purchased then install the software that way.

“I heard Windows 10 wasn’t very good.”  When Windows 10 was released, well let’s just say it had its issues, but over the past few years updates have been released. Bear in mind that some of the first adopters of the  new Windows 10 were people that had older systems not designed to run the new version, casing some complaints.  Windows 10 is now more stable than ever, especially on “new” hardware (designed for Windows 10).. As far as we know there are no plans for Microsoft to release a Windows 12, so it looks like Windows 10 will be around for some time to come. Windows 10 is actually pretty easy to learn, in some cases, we can even make your computer look like Windows 7. Contact s to learn more.

Now that Windows 7 support has ended this changes the game for many users, this will affect home users and business users, at this time we don’t have a whole lot more information on this because it is so fresh, as time goes by we will do our best to keep you updated on the latest developments.

Let us know in the comments, what route did you take? Did you end just purchasing a new computer? Did you upgrade your current system to Windows 10? What was your experience like? As always thanks for reading!









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