January 13, 2020
As of January 14, Microsoft will no longer support the Windows 7 Operating System. For many people, this is not a problem because they upgraded to Windows 10 a long time ago. However, there are a tremendous number of people who are still using Windows 7 who might be unaware of the impending deadline.
So, what exactly is going to happen on January 14? If you are still running Windows 7, will your computer suddenly stop working altogether? Thankfully, no! You don’t have to run to the computer store right now. But make no mistake, you will have to make some significant tech decisions.
What’s important to know is that after January 14, Microsoft will no longer be updating the security on Windows 7 computers. That means that whatever security you currently have, that’s it. From that day forward, if there are any security threats out there, Microsoft will not be sending out any fixes. That will make your computer vulnerable to malware, viruses, and other cyber issues, which will put your personal information (passwords, credit card information, etc.) at greater risk.
Therefore, upgrading to Windows 10, buying a new computer, or moving to a different operating system (OS) are the only ways to be safe in the long run. So, which option is best for you? Upgrading your current computer to Windows 10 might be the cheapest option. You can currently buy Windows 10 Home for a little over $100. This is great for those who like the computer they have and don’t want to spend money on a new one. However, be aware that Windows 10 takes up a lot more memory, and your computer could slow down once the OS is installed if you don’t have enough free space.
Or, maybe this is the time to treat yourself to a shiny new computer. This is a much more expensive alternative, of course. However, there are many great deals out there for those who are only looking for a basic Windows 10 computer that will allow them to surf the internet and watch videos.
Then there is the option that many people don’t even think about—moving to Apple’s Mac. Now this can be a scary prospect for someone who has only ever used a Windows computer. Having to learn an entirely new OS can seem daunting. However, there are some advantages to a Mac. Mac computers last much longer and are known for being less susceptible to viruses. The only disadvantage may be the price. Macs tend to be more expensive on average than Windows computers.
Once you’ve made your decision, there is still the issue of learning something new. One of the reasons that many didn’t want to leave Windows 7 is because they were comfortable with how the system worked and didn’t want to learn a new one. But MCPL is here to help!
There are several upcoming Windows 10 classes at MCPL branches. The Library also has free online resources like Universal Class and Lynda.com with classes that can teach you all you need to know about Windows 10. There are also classes on the Mac as well—should you decide to really make a change!
So, when January 14 comes, make sure that you are ready!
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