Windows 7 is due to reach End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020, but a huge number of computers are still running the nine-year-old system.
This End of Life means no more bug-fixes or security patches making any user – personal or enterprise – significantly more susceptible to malware attacks. There are even some antivirus programs that plan to stop supporting Windows 7.
If your computer still runs windows 7 (click here to check) then you are taking a big risk with your data and network security.
Upgrading to Windows 10 isn’t hard, but it can be a big learning cure. Below are the answers to the most common questions.
Q) How much does the upgrade cost?
A) Depends. After the hundreds of upgrades we did in 2019, the average cost is between $300-600.
The total cost is based on 4 items: 1) If you need to purchase a Windows 10 license. 2) If you need to purchase new hardware. 3) The labor it takes to backup your data and reinstall all your programs. 4) If you need to purchase or upgrade any software.
Some people took advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade offer back in 2019, and have a valid digital license for Windows 10. A valid digital license is worth $125-150 depending on your computer.
Q) Should I get a new computer instead?
A) For many the answer is YES. Investing $400 in a 4 year old computer is usually not worth it.
Some people buy high end computers so an upgrade is not a bad option, but a new computer is always a better option if cost isn’t a consideration (which it usually is.)
Q) Whats the cost difference between an upgrade and getting a new computer?
A) Getting a new computer always cost more overall. Often a much better option, but more expensive.
If an upgrade requires 4 hours of labor and getting a new computer is only 2 hours of labor, the total cost is the cost of the computer plus the 2 hours of labor.
Q) How long does it take? A) A typical upgrade takes 4-6 hours per computer. Users will less data and less programs require less time to upgrade. Conversely, more data and more programs take longer.
Q) Will my (fill in the blank) program work on Windows 10?
A) Check the program’s website to determine if it is compatible with Windows 10. Many programs are, but you may have to upgrade to the most recent version.
Q) When can you do my upgrade?
A) Depends. Many waited until the last minute to upgrade. You can usually get an appointment within a week or two.
If you haven’t upgraded yet, get on the schedule to do so. Procrastination is a quick path to a virus infection!