Linda Lindquist, Computer and Internet Help, 239-567-0104
Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system on October 22, 2009 – 10 years ago. The last retail Windows 7 computer was sold in October 2014. In my opinion, this was one of the best systems produced by Microsoft. However, Microsoft retires operating systems on a published schedule – known as the end-of-life. After end-of-life, Microsoft no will no longer patch it with security updates, which can leave it vulnerable to attacks by hackers and cyber-criminals. The Microsoft personnel are shifted to creating new features in current operating systems, instead of fixing older ones. The date for end-of-life for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020.
End-of-life for Windows 7 does not mean that your system will stop working on January 15th. It does mean that your browsers, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer will no longer be patched with security updates – because the operating system is no longer being patched. In short order, your secure banking website will no longer work because you are not on a trusted, secure browser! Eventually, your computer will no longer be functional to do what you want it to do.
So, what are your options?
If your computer is more than six years old, it may be time to consider purchasing a new computer. See tips on how to purchase a new computer at https://computerandinternethelp.com/how-to-select-a-new-computer. Estimated cost is $350 - $750 plus installation.
If your computer has an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, with 8GB memory and over 500 GB hard disk, and you love it, it may be possible to upgrade to Windows 10. Once you are on Windows 10, you are on a supported, secure operating system and no longer vulnerable. Estimated cost to upgrade to Windows 10 is around $200.
Call Computer and Internet Help at 239-567-0104 to discuss your options for your Windows 7 computer, and to help you install your Windows 10 upgrade or new computer.