At a certain point, Windows 7 and 8 offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 and although we still get people in for lingering issues, most have been successful. Some chose to stay on Windows 7 as like Windows XP before it, it is a proven platform that doesn’t find a way to break every update. For this reason, most business continues to use the older OS successfully so that their network, printers, and software work like a dream. Despite this,  it looks like it’s finally time to put Windows 7 out to pasture! 

The old operating system (OS), released way back in 2009, is reaching the end of its product lifecycle. That means no more updates, no more upgrades, no more bug fixes, security patches or ANY kind of support, whatsoever. Do not pass Go, Do Not Collect $200.

The beginning of the end

Now, you may ask yourselves:  “Why should I care? My version of Windows 7 is chugging along nicely and I haven’t any need to upgrade!” This may be true, for now, but as technology continues its inexorable pace forward, an out-of-date operating system like Windows 7 can become a liability against your productivity and security.

Because so much has changed in the world of software since 2009, Windows 7 just cannot keep up. A 10-year-old operating system will not be able to efficiently run more current software. Not because it’s badly designed, but simply because modern applications demand far more than what an antiquated OS can provide.

Software Security

Not only is the functionality of more-recent software hampered by an obsolete operating system, but the entire system itself could be put at risk from a security standpoint as well. Malware is designed to exploit security loopholes in an operating system or other applications, and the longer a given piece of software has been around, the more likely it is that someone has found a way to take advantage of it. Since Windows 7 will reach its “End Of Life” on January 14, 2020, it is an ideal opportunity for Viruses and Malware designers to exploit those who haven’t upgraded and have an operating system that is no longer getting updates.

Other Issues with the end of Windows 7 support

Security issues aren’t the only reason to update to a modern operating system, and in fact, it’s possible that many modern applications won’t run properly with an outdated OS. From crashes to a slowdown in performance, if you run a business where time is money, one can ill afford to be bogged down waiting for the computer to “think” about what it’s supposed to do. Even something as simple as checking your email can become a tedious chore if your computer is wheezing from exhaustion thanks to an outdated operating system. As the built-in security software fails and other apps stop working, it’s worth thinking about upgrading

What can you do?

It always boils down to two options.

Buying new hardware – Upgrading to new hardware and getting the latest and greatest OS will, of course, help but if you are using the software it is worth checking with them or us if that will work on the new Operating system (most will, many companies are also preparing their software for the switch).

Upgrading Software – Although the option is hidden, it is still possible to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10. We are happy to offer this service in our stores: just drop the computer off and pick it up, upgraded. Older hardware does sometimes struggle to run new software but if your machine has the power, upgrading is a fine option. 

Luckily, the friendly geeks at My Tech Guys can help you choose the best path to a painless upgrade. Give us a call or stop by our Courtenay or Comox locations to speak to someone about giving your computer a new lease on life with a modern, stable and safe operating system.

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