On January 31, 2016, the operating system we all know and love – Windows 7 – officially died. In software terms, when a product is no longer supported, it’s called End of Life. For users of Windows 7, this means you can’t call for support anymore nor can you buy it to put on your new computer. On the plus side, we will still get security patches through January 2020. So you got that going for you, which is nice.
However, Microsoft is now fully engaged in Windows 10.
On February 1, 2016, they changed the status of the Windows 10 download via Windows Update from ‘optional’ to ‘recommended’. What does that mean for you, old timey Windows 7 user? It means two things:
- You should immediately find out if all the software you use will run on Windows 10. Check the manufacturer’s website. Maybe all you’ll need is a patch or update. Maybe it will even be free. If you need some help documenting what software is in your computer, check out Belarc.
- If you’re not ready for Windows 10, go into your control panel and set Windows Update to ‘Never Update’ because now that Windows 10 is recommended, it will try to automatically install on your computer. In theory you should be able to stop it, but it will still download and take up disk space.
Windows 10 is a solid operating system, but it is different. The user interface will be familiar, but not the same. And, if you do install it and find you don’t like it, the uninstall is pretty straightforward and usually successful. My experience has been that if you have an older computer running any processor slower than an i3 and less than 4GB RAM, you’re gonna have a bad time.
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