Burglars Love Broken Windows
After 10 years and millions of licenses sold, Microsoft has finally stopped supporting Windows 7.
What does this mean for you?
Potentially nothing! Most businesses have already upgraded their kit to Windows 10. The question to ask is how up to date are your computers at home?
What does ‘unsupported’ mean?
Essentially it means that Microsoft are no longer offering security updates for Windows 7. New malware (viruses etc) is created almost daily that seek out vulnerabilities within operating systems. Microsoft actively shields against these by creating updates, sometimes called patches.
Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015 but due to the popularity of Windows 7 they continued to support it and generate these patches. However, maintaining 2 operating systems is costly and eventually support had to stop. That time has come, kind of! You can purchase Extended Support Updates (ESU) for Windows 7, but these are costly and only really viable if you are a business that needs continued support for Windows 7.
What should you do about this?
Firstly, do you have a Windows 7 machine? If so, you have some choices:
1. Upgrade the operating system to Win 10. You will need to ensure your device is capable of running it. The required specification is:
Processor: 1 GHz
RAM: 1GB (32 bit) or 2GB (64 bit)
Hard drive: 32GB
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Some Windows 7 machines did come complete with a free Win 10 upgrade disc so it is worth checking your drawers before spending any money!
2. The second option is to be buy a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed.
3. Switch to a completely different operating system. Linux operating systems are free to download and use. There are different versions available. Linux Mint being close in comparison to Windows 7. Please note, however, that not all software is compatible with Linux!
4. Convert to Apple Mac!
Whatever you do, do something! The cost of upgrading, if that is what you do, will be worth avoiding the possible outcome if your machine did get attacked. Also, be a good sport and let your friends and family know.
More tips and advice on their way soon!