Embracing Windows 10

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Embracing Windows 10

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. For those still running Windows 7, it’s time to consider your options.

What does Microsoft mean when it announces it will stop supporting its operating system? In short, the company will stop providing patches, security updates and productive enhancements for the version, in this case, Windows 7. Without security updates, your computer and your network become a much bigger target for cybercriminals interested in your data and your customers data.

Operating system changes are unsettling. However, one of the benefits of your Focus Data Solutions service is that our team will help you plan and implement the upgrade.  If you’re still running Windows 7, the Focus Data Solutions team recommends replacing the older machines and updating your newer computers to Windows 10. Review your systems with a Focus Data Solutions team member to determine if it’s time to replace your older machines or replace the operating systems. We will work with you to plan your IT budget to make room for these upgrades and make all the appropriate installations.

A Quick Q&A on the Windows 7 Sunset

What does it mean when Microsoft says it’s no longer supporting Windows 7?

Microsoft will stop providing patches, security updates and productive enhancements for the version, in this case, Windows 7. Your computer and your network become a much bigger target for cybercriminals interested in your data and your customers’ data.

Will my computers still operate?  

In short, yes. However, systems running Windows 7 will be less secure and will not receive system upgrades or new features.  Furthermore, software applications such as accounting packages, business applications and hardware/system updates will no longer be compatible with Windows 7.  Updates to the software applications or drivers may result in system instability and computer crashes.

Do I have to buy a new computer?

It depends. If you have an older computer, it makes the most sense to replace the machine. Only certain computers with certain features will be able to support Windows 10. You may need to purchase a new computer or laptop to insure your network and computers are safe from cybercriminals. It may also be possible to upgrade the operating system. A Focus Data Solutions team member can help you make this decision.

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