17th January marked the end of support for Windows 7 from Microsoft.

 

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Windows 7 users will no longer receive security updates and patches that keep their machines safe.  Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware.  Hackers can use malware to invade, damage or disable computers or to steal personal and financial data. 

Computers running Windows 7 will still function after Tuesday 14th January, but they will become less and less secure. 

 

If you have never connected to the internet and your equipment is functioning correctly, then you don’t need to worry and can continue as normal.  If you do connect to the internet, even occasionally, then you should consider the information below before continuing to use your equipment.  If your equipment is faulty, you should invest in a replacement Windows 10 PC or if the hardware is up to the required specification, upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft state on their website, “While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended. that the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10 and the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC”. MORE INFORMATION...

The Telegraph and BBC news are also quoting the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is part of Britain's intelligence agency GCHQ.  The NCSC statement urges "those using the software after the 14th January 2020 deadline to replace unsupported devices as soon as possible, to move sensitive data to a supported device, and not to use them for tasks like accessing bank and other sensitive accounts”.

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If you choose to ignore the recommendation from Microsoft to upgrade your hardware and wish to upgrade the operating system only, then your PC must have at least a 1GHz processor, 16GB of hard drive space, and 1GB of RAM memory to run Windows 10.

If you are interested in an upgrade, please contact us with your equipment details so that we can offer you the most economic replacement PC and software package.

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 Windows 7 has a round multicolour start icon in the bottom left of your screen. 

 Windows 10 has a square black and white start icon on the bottom left of your screen. 

 

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