As you probably know by now, Windows 7 is going out of support in January 2020. After that, computers running Windows 7 will no longer receive security updates or support from Microsoft. Computers still running Windows 7 after January 14th 2020 will become more vulnerable to malware infections and cyber attacks.
Fortunately it’s not all doom and gloom. Most computers still running Windows 7 are perfectly capable of running Windows 10, which will be both more secure, and have more features that many computer users find extremely useful.
If your computer is less than 5 years old, chances are, it will run Windows 10 faster and more reliable than Windows 7. Unfortunately, the free upgrade offer from Microsoft ended a long time ago but it's still possible to upgrade it legally. It's pretty simple but like with any other upgrades or updates, there are some risks involved...
1. Check your computer specifications to make sure Windows 10 is compatible with your device. Windows 10 runs very well on computers with a solid state drive and at least 4GB of RAM, but 8GB is recommended if you like multitasking and open more than a few browser tabs at the same time. The processor speed is usually not important, unless you use it to process pictures/videos or do some numbers crunching. Pretty much anything made in the last 5 year will be suitable, with the exception of a few low-power processors. If your computer is more than 5 years old, it will probably still run Windows 10 but you should bring it to us for a possible upgrade.
2. You should have at least 30GB of free space on your system drive. More if you have many programs installed.
3. Backing up the computer before making major changes like this is a must! At the very least, get a USB thumb drive and save your documents and pictures. If you want to be able to restore the whole computer, you will need an external hard drive and make a full system backup. It's not as scary as it sounds and you can do it yourself. Just type "backup" in the Start Menu and choose "Backup and Restore". Follow the instructions on the screen and after a few hours, you will have your full computer backed up on the external drive. Actually, you need to do it regularly anyway but I digress...
4. Make sure your computer doesn't have physical issues before doing the upgrade. If it's too hot, runs very slow, makes unusual sounds, it's probably best to bring it for a repair
5. Make sure you have plenty of time - Operating System upgrades can take several hours!
Need help? Bring it to us!
Before we upgrade your computer to Windows 10, we will perform the necessary hardware checks, make sure your software is compatible with the new system, do the necessary maintenance and tune-up and possibly replace your old hard drive with a super-fast solid state drive. This will ensure that your computer remains trouble free after the upgrade and will make it much more likely to last for years to come!
Contact us now to discuss your options. Call 03 544 1995