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  • Writer's pictureNorm McLaughlin

Windows 7 Support Ending Soon

Updated: Sep 10, 2023

Windows 7 has been around for ten years now, but Microsoft’s support for the operating system is ending in January 2020. If you’re still running Windows 7 on your computer, this doesn’t mean that it will stop working, but it does mean that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates and support. This could leave you more vulnerable to security risks. It may be a good time to consider upgrading your computer to Windows 10, though the decision is down to you.

I was recently working with a customer who’d decided it was time to make the move from Windows 7 to Windows 10. He has a reasonably old computer with a 1 TB hard drive which had been split into two separate partitions. He had Windows 7 running on one partition and the other was completely empty. I gave him three options for the move to Windows 10 –

1. Upgrade his current system in situ and make any necessary adjustments following the upgrade.

2. Install Windows 10 to the second partition, which would mean he could have booted his computer into either Windows 7 or Windows 10.

3. Fit a Solid State Drive (SSD) as a second drive in the computer and install Windows 10 to this drive. This would also have resulted in a dual-booting system, but with Windows 10 running on a much faster drive.

Since this gentleman’s computer was running well, and his hard drive wasn’t overly aged, we decided he didn’t really need the benefit of an SSD and we went with option 1 and upgraded his existing system in situ. Only minor tweaks were required afterwards and he now has a fully functioning Windows 10 computer.

Maybe it’s time for you to make the move. If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need assistance or support. As always I’m here to help, whether you’re in Brisbane, or anywhere in the City of Ipswich, Logan City or the Redlands.

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