Are you still running Windows 7?Submitted by Prosperity Advisory Group on February 2nd, 2019
by Scott Sirois
The clock is ticking ... Windows 7 is scheduled to go out of support in January, 2020. Actually, Windows 7 left "mainstream support" in January, 2015 and is now on "extended support." What does that mean?
- Windows 7 won't be receiving any new features or product updates
- You won't be able to call Microsoft for free help if you run into an issue with Windows 7
- You'll still receive critical security patches during extended support
- After the extended support period, there are no security updates unless you pay Microsoft for additional support, and the price will increase every year
So, if you've been waiting to upgrade to Windows 10, it might be the time to do so! There are still hundreds of millions of PCs still running Windows 7. Keeping software up to date is one of the most effective ways of keeping your networks and devices secure.
Windows 10 has been in circulation for several years now and has successfully worked through the normal bumps and bruises often associated with new releases and first year feature updates.
If you are ready to move to Windows 10, a couple things to keep in mind. There are several versions of Windows 10 - Home, Pro and Enterprise (which is really used in large corporate settings) . If you are needing or requiring features such as domain join services, drive encryption, group policy editor or remote access services, then you want to make sure you upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. The drive encryption (BitLocker) itself is well worth the price difference. Make sure to "upgrade" and "install new operating system" so as to retain your programs and files.