Get Prepared for Microsoft Stopping Support for Windows 7

Now is a good time to start thinking about replacing or upgrading your Windows 7 computers. Microsoft have said that they will stopping Windows 7 support on 14th January 2020 – this means they will stop issuing security updates. Once this happens your computer security could be compromised (as happened with the old Windows XP computers when they stopped issuing updates).


So we are recommending that you start putting an upgrade plan into place – this will enable you to spread the cost (and there may be no cost at all, other than time).

So think about your old computers and decide whether to…

Problem computerSCRAP IT

If you have old computers sitting around not being used, then ensure you dispose of them before 2020.

Don’t forget to wipe the hard drive – be safe.

ChecklistUPGRADE IT

Many business computers came installed with Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 but had valid Windows 10 licences. These can be upgraded at no cost.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10

Buying ComputersREPLACE IT

If it’s old then by 2020 it might be time to replace the computer anyway.

If you have a lot of computers that will need replacing start now and spread the cost.

UPGRADE IT

If none of these options are available then you can buy a Microsoft upgrade licence for Windows 10. To check if a computer is suitable for upgrading go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/windows-10-specifications. To buy Windows 10 Professional go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/windows-10-pro/. Note that if you don’t need the computer to connect to a Microsoft Windows server, then Home version is cheaper, and also it is worth checking out Amazon and similar sites as you can often get a valid licence cheaper there too.

A LITTLE HELP

We can help you with…

  • Advice: whether it is worth upgrading, what to buy new, etc…
  • Computer audit: so you know which to scrap, upgrade, replace…
  • Computer upgrades: guiding you through upgrades or doing it all for you…

Rebecca Mansbridge
Director
October 2018