What to Know About Upgrading Your System Before January 14, 2020.

Microsoft’s Windows 7 is officially 10 years old at the end of 2019 with their release date of October 22, 2009. Microsoft has planned to no longer provide support after January 2020 so they can turn their focus and resources to newer technology and user experiences. After this date, software updates and technical assistance will no longer be available to protect consumers’ PCs.

What do I do next?

It is strongly suggested that you move to Windows 10 operating system before January 2020 to help keep your data safer and to keep your system’s security updated.

It is highly recommended that Windows 7 users move to a new device equipped with Windows 10. Newer PC’s are more powerful, secure, faster, and weigh less than older versions. Some workstations may be upgradeable but there are several technical factors that will determine if this makes sense.

What happens if I continue to use Windows 7?

If you continue to use Windows 7, Windows will still start and run but you will no longer receive security patches or software updates. This may cause your device to become more vulnerable to viruses and security risks.

Internet Explorer is an integral part of Windows 7 and will no longer receive support after January 14, 2020. For more information, visit Lifecycle FAQ- Internet Explorer

When should I upgrade to Windows 10?

The sooner the better! There are many companies that have scheduled upgrades and as the year progresses it gets less likely and more costly to get your upgrades addressed. Upgrading now will give you enough time to back up personal information and get everything moved over to Windows 10 to ensure it is working properly. If you need extra reminders to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10, Microsoft will be alerting users with pop-ups about the Windows 7 end of support deadline, starting in April 2019.

If you are looking for information to upgrade your system or want to learn more about the Windows 7 End of Support, give Integrated Computer Consulting (ICC) in Fort Collins, CO a call today! 970.419.0602