Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s best-loved computing operating systems.  Like all operating systems before it, Windows 7 will very soon reach the end of its lifecycle, as Microsoft will end support on 14th January 2020.

Once an operating system ends support it is no longer safe to use, as Microsoft will cease patching any security threats and will not add any new features. Third party software will begin to stop supporting the operating system and many financial websites, such as online banking, will become unsafe to use and vulnerable to attacks and data theft.

Although Windows 7 will not suddenly cease to work after 14th January 2020, continuing to use it will open your devices and precious data to more and more malicious attacks. There may be a short-term cost in migrating outdated equipment to a new and secure Windows 10 device, but in a world where all your information is held on your computer or online, have you considered the cost of doing nothing?

Microsoft suggest a ‘three-step plan’ for moving past Windows 7:

1. Back up of all your files and photos
2. Pick out a suitable new PC that is right for you
3. Immerse yourself in learning the new Windows 10 user experience.

If you use bespoke programs such as Farmplan, Landmark or Sum-It, their tech teams will be able to give you advice and guidance on the process.

All three companies have stands at the Herefordshire Rural Business Advice Day on 20th November, so come along talk to them there.

This information about Windows 7 has been kindly supplied by Farmplan.

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