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Still using Windows 7? You shouldn’t be. Microsoft announced that they will be contacting everyone who is. Microsoft will automatically begin displaying pop-ups to warn about the January 14, 2020 end of life date for support. This is an important date they want you to know about to protect the security and performance of your computers.

If you are using Windows 7 and you don’t want to see the pop-ups, you’ll have the ability to select the “do not notify me again” checkbox. But this is an excellent reminder to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It’s important to do.

Visit This Site If You Have Questions

If you have questions, this Microsoft page includes information about:

  • What to do to prepare,
  • How to transfer data to a newer device,
  • How to back up personal data,
  • Tips on Windows 10,
  • New PCs you might want to consider,
  • And more.

It’s a very helpful resource, but you may need more advice.

It’s Always Best Talk To Your IT Professional About Upgrading

With your users upgrading on their own, this may be a concern for your business because they could potentially disrupt your organizational upgrade strategies.

Having an upgrade strategy in place is a good idea. There are options for continued support post-January 2020 if needed (e.g., business application compatibility). But Microsoft will charge for this extended support service.

Upgrade So You Don’t Run Into Security Issues

If you don’t upgrade from Windows 7, you won’t get bug fixes or security updates from Microsoft. Over time, the security and reliability of Windows 7 will make your computers vulnerable:

  • Your computers could be infected by malware,
  • Your antivirus won’t be updated,
  • Your online banking transaction protection may expire, and
  • Your financial data could be exposed to theft.
  • If you require compliance certifications such as HIPAA or FARS you computers will no longer be in compliance.

It’s Also Best To Upgrade Because Windows 7 Won’t Be Reliable

  • Your applications may not be updated,
  • Your other software could be incompatible,
  • Utilities won’t be supported, and
  • New devices may not connect to your system.

Computer manufacturers will no longer support Windows 7. This means things like printers, desktops, laptops and more won’t be guaranteed to work as they should. Your security programs and third-party browsers won’t support Windows 7. When you browse the Web, you could be exposed to cyber threats. All of this will take place over time.

Upgrade For Better Performance & Features

For computers that can support Windows 10 upgrading from Windows 7 to 10:

  • Makes computers run smoother and faster.
  • Provides a more economical use of memory and disk space.
  • Improves security.
  • Boots up your computer from sleep mode faster than before.
  • Provides many other benefits.

You can also benefit from features that Windows 7 doesn’t provide:

  • Use Cortana – a personal assistant that runs on artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Search the Web right from your desktop.
  • Get reminders based on time, places, or people.
  • Quickly add a virtual desktop.
  • With Windows Apps new applications are available on all of your devices.
  • A brand new browser – Edge – is better suited to the modern web.
  • Track packages, teams, interests, and flights.
  • Create and manage lists.
  • Chit chat and play games.
  • Find facts, files, places, and info fast.
  • Open any application on your system.

With Windows 10’s new application programming interface called Windows RunTime, your Windows Store Apps will be remotely installed and updated. They can also be cleanly uninstalled. There are RunTime apps for Mail, Photos, Maps, Calendar, Groove Music and more. And you can easily download any of the 700,000 applications from the Windows Store.

You Might Want To Purchase A New Computer

It’s not too early to upgrade to Windows 10. Just be sure that your hardware will support it. If you’re using Windows 7, getting a new device with the Windows 10 operating system is recommended.

Today’s computers are faster, more powerful and durable. Newer laptops also have a longer battery life and provide increased security. Modern computers are typically less expensive than they were eight years ago. Total cost of ownership studies conclude that it’s wise to replace your computers at least every four years. Check out Microsoft’s Windows 10 Compatibility Test to see if your computer can be upgraded or if you need a new computer.

Take The Time To Upgrade

The time it takes to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 depends on the age of your computer and how it’s configured. It should only take an hour to do after you’ve downloaded the operating system. New devices upgrade much faster. This is another reason to consider a new computer if it’s four years old or older.

Do You Have Questions About Upgrading To Windows 10?

If your business is in the DC Metro Area, contact NTConnections at (703)288-9767 or send us an email at support@ntconnections.net. We’re happy to help.

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