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Microsoft Windows 7 End of Life – 14th January 2020

The Windows 7 End of Life date has been announced: January 14, 2020. This means Microsoft will no longer update or support Windows 7 operating system after that date. Windows 7 is effectively nearing the end of its product lifecycle

What is a Windows Product Life Cycle?

All Windows products have a lifecycle, beginning with their release and ending with the end of support. In the past, these lifecycles lasted anywhere from five to ten years, depending on the product.

Typically, this includes two service periods: mainstream support and extended support. Mainstream support includes security patches as well as new features and often covers several years. Extended support begins once Microsoft is no longer actively developing the product, shifting instead to the release of updates to keep the product safe.

End of life is the point at which no further support will be extended.

What does this mean for me?

Continuing with Windows 7 beyond this date will expose serious risks to your network such as security compromises, data breaches, virus and malware attacks.

I use a Dell computer, can I upgrade to Windows 10?

Yes, if you are running Windows 7 with the minimum required hardware specifications, it is possible for us to upgrade your PC or laptop.

None of your existing applications will be affected but we do advise that you back up all your data before we commence the process.

What should I do next?

If you are running Windows 7 we advise that you contact us so we can arrange a time that suits both parties for the upgrade.

This means you’ll experience the minimum of disruption when upgrading to Windows 10. Most programs you use will have been updated to work on Windows 10 as well, and the layout and interface are similar to Windows 7, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to adjust.

Windows 7 End of Life: back up your documents.

It is important that you make sure that your documents are safely backed up. If you’re upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on the same machine the transfer of your files is part of the process, but it’s best to back up just in case something goes wrong.

PC Requirements

If your desktop or laptop is more than five years old, we advise that you should replace it with a new PC or Laptop at your earliest convenience.

To check how old your Dell computer is, click here and enter the 7-character Service TAG number of your computer in the space provided. The Service Tag number can be found on the top, side or back of the computer.

If your Dell desktop computer has less than four digits in its title e.g. Dell OptiPlex 790, then it is not supported for Windows 10 and needs to be replaced.

We are happy to provide advice and guidance regarding the requirements for upgrade/replacement as well as the options available.

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