Still time to upgrade to Windows 10

Rest in peace Windows 7

It’s not too late to upgrade your Windows 7 software to Windows 10. Yes, support does end for Windows 7 at the end of January. You can be sure hackers are ready to pounce with viruses and malware and more infections after security updates and fixes stop coming from Microsoft. Upgrading remains the best option for keeping your computer safe, experts say. You can’t even get technical assistance from Microsoft. This doesn’t mean your Windows 7 computer will stop working. It just means you’re now at a great risk to viruses that take advantage of flaws that are discovered. Because so many forms of malware target Windows devices specifically, it’s really not a good idea to stay with Windows 7.  

Windows 10 versus Windows 7

ClickAway’s Ardeshir Zandian says. “most users seem pretty happy with the OS and like the experience it brings, especially on newer devices,” he added. “Because an upgrade can take a little time, we’ve made it easy for customers to drop off their devices and have us complete the process.”

Aside from new security tools, Windows 10 has loads of new features. Our customers like the new phone app which gives you access to texts, notifications and apps on your phone using your Windows PC. You can place and answer Android calls on your PC. Yes, you can also connect your iPhone to your Windows device. The  new OS has better integration with Microsoft OneDrive and other cloud tools. It also features Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana. 

In November, Microsoft made notifications easier to configure and manage from an app or website. We like that we can now create events directly from the Calendar Taskbar, instead of opening the app. 

Cut upgrade annoyances

For upgrades, the process is considerably simpler. After about an hour (more or less, depending on the underlying hardware), you should be back at work, with most apps and settings migrated successfully. ClickAway recommends the following:

  • Create a recovery drive
  • Secure your user account
  • Turn on bitlocker drive encryption
  • Configure windows update
  • Review privacy settings
  • Connect other accounts
  • Tweak action center settings 

Why did Windows 7 die?

Microsoft has a long-established Fixed Lifestyle Policy for many of its products. For each version of its OS, the company offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of Mainstream Support, followed by five years of Extended support). Both types include security and program updates, self-help online topics and extra help you can pay for. 

Windows 7 was released in October 2009, so its 10 year life cycle has come to a close. Windows 10 was released in 2015, and extended support for the latest version of the OS is slated to end in 2025.