Are You Still Using Windows 7? Support Is Ending January 2020
Microsoft announced they are stopping mainstream support for Windows 7. Windows 7 is a popular operating system, so this creates concern for many. All support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. This means you won’t get bug fixes or security updates. Over time, the security and reliability of Windows 7 will make your computer vulnerable.
Note: Do You Need To Comply With HIPAA Or Other Regulations?
If so, you’re required by law to replace Windows 7 before its End of Life.
What Do We Mean By Vulnerable?
Your computers could be infected by malware, your antivirus won’t be updated, your online banking transactions protection system may expire, and your financial data could be exposed to theft.
Windows 7 Won’t Be Reliable?
True – 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.
What Should You Do?
It’s not too early to update to Windows 10. Just be sure that your hardware will support it. Now is a good time to purchase hardware because you can take advantage of the 179 Tax Deduction before 12/31/18.
Section 179 always expires each year at midnight, December 31st. To take advantage of it this year, you must buy (or lease/finance) your equipment and put it into use by midnight 12/31/2018.
Should You Purchase A New Computer?
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 has longer battery life and provides increased security.
New computers are typically less expensive than they were 8 years ago. And total cost of ownership studies concludes that it’s wise to replace your computers at least every four years.
What Are The Benefits Of Updating From Windows 7 To 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;
- And provides many more benefits.
You can also benefit from access to features that Windows 7 doesn’t provide:
Cortana – Is a personal assistant that runs on artificial intelligence (AI). You can do many things with Cortana:
- Get reminders based on time, places, or people.
- Track packages, teams, interests, and flights.
- Send emails and texts.
- Manage your calendar and keep you up to date.
- Create and manage lists.
- Chit chat and play games.
- Find facts, files, places, and info.
- Open any app on your system.
Windows Store Apps – With Windows 10’s new application programming interface called Windows RunTime, your Windows Store Apps are 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 in the Windows Store. Enjoy apps like:
How Long Will It Take To Upgrade To Windows 10?
This 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 4 years old or older.
Do You Have Questions About Upgrading To Windows 10?
Contact the team at NOVA Computer Solutions. We can answer your questions about Windows 10 and other Microsoft products.
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