Support for Windows 7 ends in less than one year so what next?

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For those still using the Windows 7 Operating System, you have less than one year until Micro0soft ends its extended support for this operating system.  

Microsoft used automatic updates to deploy security patches to your PC.   The security patches were an essential way of helping to protect your PC against malicious activity from hackers, as well as protection from exploitive coding.

Will there be a cost?

Yes, there are going to be some costs invloved.  If you are still running Windows 7 it is highly likely that the PC you're using is several years old.   Depending on the hardware specifications of the PC you could buy a copy of Windows and perform a clean install.   Alternatively, there are some great offers on new PCs running Windows 10.   Despite now being a paid upgrade to all, Windows 10 offers a good performance boost for Windows 7 Users.

System requirements for installing Windows 10

Basic requirements for installing Windows 10 on a PC, are below.  If your device does not meet these requirements, you may not have as great an experience with Windows 10 and might want to consider prior to buying a new PC. 

  • Processor:                                   1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • RAM:                                            1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard drive space:                       16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card:                            DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800×600
  • Internet Connection:                 Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to take advantage of some features.  Windows 10 Pro in S mode, Windows 10 Pro Education in S mode, Windows 10 Education in S mode, and Windows 10 Enterprise in S mode need an internet connection during the first device setup (OOBE) as well as either a Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Activity Directory (AAD) account.

 Should I upgrade, or should I buy a new PC?

From experience it would be more cost-effective to buy a new PC running Windows 10 as opposed to buying the software.   By purchasing a new PC running Windows 10 you not only receive the very latest Operating System, you will also have new hardware covered by a Manufacturer's Warranty.

Is there anything else that I should consider?

Yes, you should list all the Applications which you use on your PC.   You need to ensure that these will be compatible with Windows 10 and you have all the necessary installation media available.

When I upgrade which features will be removed?

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, with Media Centre and you install Windows 10, this will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs will need separate playback software
  • Desktop gadgets of Windows 7 will be removed, as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Home Users of Windows 10 will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft have released their version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the Manufacturer's website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application will be replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.
  • Windows Virtual PC with Windows XP Mode

Is Amshire using Windows 10?

Of course, we are!

In fact, our entire office upgraded to Windows 10 a while ago and we’ve not met any issues or problems with the upgrade.

Everything appears to run just as well as it did on Windows 7 and 8.   With Windows 10 Microsoft reintroduced the famous ‘Start’ button.      0330 2020 340     @amshire

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