Since it’s birth in 2009, Windows 7 has been a staple to any PC or laptop whether for home or business use. Yet, as of January 2020, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7. Windows 7 will still be available to use, but it will no longer receive any software or security updates. In addition to this Microsoft has stopped providing any customer service to assist Windows 7 users. Essentially, Microsoft has abandoned Windows 7 to focus on newer and faster technologies.

A device that is getting slower and slower, whilst a test of anyone’s patience, does not pose too much inconvenience. What will be detrimental to your business is the lack of security updates and patches Microsoft previously provided. By using unsupported software, you leave yourself open to cyber-attacks. Cyber criminals are always on the look out for an easy device or business to hack and exploit. By not using up to date software you risk not only your data, but your customers data, your hard-earned reputation, and monetary losses (be it from the cyber-attack itself or the ICO fines after).

 

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The Benefits of Switching to Windows 10

The next step is to upgrade to Windows 10. There are many things to gain from upgrading your software. For starters you will regain all the security updates lost from Microsoft no longer supporting Windows 7.

Windows 10 is designed to be:

  • Faster
  • Better software tools
  • Easier interface
  • Better compatibility
  • Supports 2-factor authentication for better security measures to implement within your business

Windows 10 software is continuously running checks in the background to ensure your device has the most up to date systems and security. And good news! This is included on any Windows 10 device.

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How Do I Get Windows 10?

Microsoft recommends purchasing a new desktop or laptop which will better support Windows 10 software. On the surface this may seem like a money grab from Microsoft. However, the reasoning behind this is that any desktop or laptop still using Windows 7 is at least 8 years old, well overdue for an upgrade. Here are the two options available:

    1. Pay out right for the upgrade to Windows 10 (this will cost around £130)
      • Please note that not every device is compatible with the upgrade so please use this helpful guide from Microsoft to determine if this is the right option for you before you buy.
  1. Put that £130 you would have spent on the upgrade into a new device that will already come with Windows 10.
    • Bluebell IT Solutions are able to offer a Hardware Leasing service. Allowing you to pay in affordable monthly instalments suiting your business’s budget.

Sticking with Windows 7 might seem like the easiest option. The reality is leaving your business vulnerable to many things from cyber security breaches to continuous downtime waiting for your software to load. Making the transition over to Windows 10 is the step your business should take. Bluebell IT Solutions are available to help you transition your files and documents over to Windows 10. To get a technical expert to contact you, please contact us or call us on 01908 044202.