Leaving Windows 7 Behind

  • Date: October 29, 2018
  • Author: Chris LaMont - Network Assistant

If you love your Windows 7 computer and have been putting off taking the leap to Windows 10, you’re not alone.  According to the website netmarketshare.com, Windows 7 still has a 40.9% share of all desktop computers, while Windows 10 only has a 37.4% share.  Windows 10 was released about 3 years ago and while it has been steadily making gains, some people have been reluctant to let go of Windows 7.

The worry about upgrading is understandable.  You may have older software that you use and might have concerns about its compatibility with a newer operating system.  Your PC might be older and might not meet the minimum recommended specifications to run Windows 10.  Or you may have heard rumors that Windows 10 has problems and just isn’t as good as Windows 7.

While the first two are valid points to consider, the last one is not.  There are definite cosmetic changes between Windows 7 and Windows 10 but after a period of adjustment you will be able to navigate the new user interface just as well as you could the old one.  Microsoft is constantly testing Windows 10 and releasing feature updates, improvements, and bug fixes.  It is the best and most secure version of Windows that you can currently run.  The same cannot be said of Windows 7, which is the number one reason to consider an upgrade.

Microsoft ended mainstream support of Windows 7 in 2015.  That means that they no longer release feature updates or bug fixes unless there is a security concern.  In January of 2020 they will end extended support of Windows 7.  After that, there will not be any new patches for Windows 7, including fixes for security issues.

Once you make the decision to upgrade to Windows 10, please contact ReadiTech.  We can help you determine hardware and software compatibility, learn to use the new version of Windows, and help with the purchase of a new PC if it’s also time to upgrade your hardware.