Windows 7 End-of-Life

My first computer ran Windows 3.1 with DOS 5; the OS dream team of the early 90’s. Windows 95 was launched while I was in College and 98 appeared around the time I started my first job with Fujitsu. Then came Windows 2000… ME… XP…

Some people reminisce about the cars they’ve owned over the years. For us Geeks, it’s all about Windows versions. Saying that, my 1984 Austin Mini remains the best car I’ve ever owned. Back when Mini’s were small and penny sweets cost a penny. Good times.

Windows 7 has to be my favourite Operating System to date. It just works. No faffing about with Apps and annoyances like Cortana. Windows 7 is brilliant but like my Mini, it’s going to start failing MOT’s soon.

Win7 End of life

14th January 2020 is the ‘End-of-Life’ date. Microsoft will cease supporting Windows 7 meaning no more updates to protect your computer against ever-evolving security threats.

Many will remember the WannaCry outbreak in 2017. The NHS was badly disrupted as many trusts were still using Windows XP past the end-of-life date. These computers were defenceless against the Ransomware crisis. The IT bill was over £90m, and more importantly, 19,000 appointments were cancelled.

If you have a Windows 7 computer, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 10. Many computers running 7 will not be able to handle 10 so you will most likely need to replace your computer.

Around 350,000 new malicious programs (Malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA) are registered every day. From January, Windows 7 users will be wide open to these threats. It’s time to upgrade and we are here to help.

As Official Dell Partners we can supply and configure your new computer. Our partnerships with Emsisoft and ESET mean we can also provide the Internet Security and Anti-Malware protection you need.

Windows 10 is an excellent OS, now that they’ve ironed out a lot of the bugs. But I can’t help being sentimental. My Windows 10 computer is great but given the choice, I invariably opt for my 7 laptop… which I’m typing on right now. However, I have seen what Ransomware can do and I’m not going to take the risk.

Tech Tip: To find out which version of Windows you have; press the Windows Key and R. Type winver and press enter.

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