Microsoft announced a while ago that they would be ending support for Windows 7 on the 14th of January 2020. What does this really mean if you’re still using Windows 7 on your laptop, home or business computer?
Put simply, Microsoft’s decision to stop providing updates for Windows 7 means that if any vulnerability is found by hackers, viruses and malware etc, Microsoft aren’t going to fix it. This is a pretty standard procedure, seeing as Windows 10 has now been out for almost 5 years, and Microsoft are still providing support for Windows 8 on top of that.
So does this mean your computer is vulnerable? Not necessarily, but if someone finds a backdoor through Windows 7 security, then there is a definitely a chance. Please note – this only applies to you if your computer is connected to the internet. Without a connection, there is no access to your computer without physically using it.
Windows 10 is the newest and safest version of Microsoft’s operating system yet, and is updated for security reasons, as well as quality of life improvements. The new settings panel is much simpler than you might remember Windows 7’s control panel being. Not to mention, Microsoft have added things like a voice assistant – Cortana – similar to Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, which can help you search for things on your computer or the web. Microsoft have also added a seamless built in product called OneDrive, similar to dropbox, which can let you save things to the internet and access them from another computer.
Vivid Computers can help with all your upgrading needs, and provide free quotes in store. We can also ensure you keep all your files from your older Windows computers, whether it’s Windows 7 or Windows XP.