What does end of support mean?
If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended your computer may become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software and security updates. Over time, other programs and software that your computer needs to operate will stop working because your operating system is out of date. Over time, your computer will succumb to disrepair mostly through lack of important security updates for your computer operating system, leaving you vulnerable to a security breach. As your operating system becomes out of date your computer programs will stop being updated and your browser (Chrome, IE, Edge and Firefox) will also leave you open to attack as new security flaws become known by “hackers.”
Banks and other financial institutions have already started implementing their own security measures to prevent Windows 7 computers from logging in and accessing financial data.
Some Windows 7 machines could be upgraded to Windows 10 with a new Windows 10 license which you can buy through Microsoft for $139. Not all computers should be upgraded, mainly, because Windows 10 requires a lot of system resources, much more than Windows 7. Microsoft offered free Windows 10 upgrades through July 2016 and extended the upgrade to countless computers were barely managing to run Windows 7. It was terrible and upset a lot of our customers who ended up rolling back to Windows 7 or simply replacing the computer with a brand new one.
For most of you, older computers should probably be replaced. If you have questions, need advice or a computer recommendation, we’re here!