• John Chiverton

Windows 7 End of Life – Windows 10 Is The Way Forward

As you’ve no doubt been made aware via media outlets around the world, Windows 7 reaches its End of Life phase today. That means there won’t be any more security patches from this point onwards for Windows 7.

That sounds a bit bland when compared to some of the doomsday-like nature of some of the articles on the subject from the branches of the media, but it’s really not all that bad.

Windows 7 will continue to work. Yes, that’s right. It will continue to work and you don’t have to change a thing. Obviously as far as security goes you’ll want to keep all your antivirus software and firewall settings as up-to-date and as strict as possible, and the odds are that you can carry on using Windows 7 and won’t experience any issues. However, those of us that rely on our systems being as watertight as possible against possible attacks, and who have a need or a want to continue to use Windows, then Windows 10 is the way forward.

As always with Microsoft’s operating system offerings, there are a few versions to choose from with very little difference apparent to the every-day user, with prices for the Home edition starting from £119.99 direct from Microsoft’s own website. Currently it is still possible to get a FREE upgrade from Windows 7 (or Windows 8.1) to Windows 10 by using the Windows Media Creation Tool and choosing to upgrade. N.B. Doing this will only work for upgrading to Windows 10 – choosing a fresh installation will mean having to purchase a license.

Hardware-wise, for many users there’s really no need to worry about upgrading your PC equipment. Windows 10 will run quite happily on a wide range of older hardware – my own system is now almost 8 years old and has been happily running Windows 10 since shortly after its initial release. Of course there will be some users who may find it necessary to upgrade their hardware – click here to visit Microsoft’s own Windows 10 System Requirements web page.

In my opinion, it’s a good step to take if you haven’t already. From all perspectives Windows 10 is a huge improvement on Windows 7 (we won’t mention Windows 8.x!) and will give you a stable and reliable platform to work, play and create from for many years.

As always, if you need any advice or help with checking your system for upgrades, carrying out upgrades to your system, or any other IT-related queries, please do give me a call on 0330 133 1616 or email


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