Technology & You: Windows 7

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Windows 7 was launched in 2009 and has been a mainstay for Home and Office computing for 10 years. However, all things must come to an end. Like Windows Vista and XP before it, support for Windows 7 will be ending in January of 2020. This means that all updates safe for the most severe security updates will be put out. If you are still running a Windows 7 system, you have a few options to keep yourself secure after January 2020.

Buy a New Computer

Sometimes, it’s just best to bite the bullet and get a new system. This is option is akin to a fresh start and will allow you to possibly upgrade quality of life components as well. Want your computer to boot faster? You could buy one with an SSD. Want to do more advanced image editing and graphical work? Buy one with a more powerful graphics card. Need more storage? Buy one with a second HDD. Your options are only limited by your price and your use case.

Upgrade your OS

Let’s say your computer is really not that old and quite powerful enough to last you a good long while. So long as your system meets the requirements, your best solution may be to upgrade your OS to Windows 10. You might still be able to get a free upgrade if you downgraded from Windows 10 earlier, but overall, you will need to buy a new Windows key.

Risk it and Do Nothing

If you are feeling like gambling, you can always let it ride. 1.36% of the world still uses Windows XP despite it being out of regular support for 10 years and extended support for over 5 years. This would leave you vulnerable to worms, Trojans, and viruses. Therefore, this is truly a recommendation we would advise against.

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