Not Ready To Part With Windows 7?
Despite 18 months of pressure from Microsoft to upgrade your operating system, we know that many people still aren’t ready to let go of Windows 7 just yet. In fact, it was arguably one of Microsoft’s most loved operating systems and figures show that twice as many of us still use it compared to the latest upgrade, Windows 10.
The end of Windows 7 doesn’t mean that existing machines will be unsupported. It will continue to receive security fixes until January 14th 2020. It does mean however, that you’ll need to consider your options because soon it will be difficult to get new hardware that’s compatible. For instance, the latest version of Intel’s chipset (Kaby Lake) won’t support Windows 8 or 7 at all.
However, if you’re not ready to let go just yet, you might like to take a look at the following options to keep going a bit longer:
1. Stockpile hardware
It’s not a bad idea to think about forward-ordering a supply of hardware so you’ve got time to plan your move to Windows 10.
2. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)
Virtual desktops are hosted on a hypervisor, meaning compatibility isn’t really an issue and the sessions are possible on any device. So you can continue to Windows 7 in this way until the support ends in 2020.
3. Run a local Windows 7 virtual machine
It’s possible to run almost any Operating system on your new latest PC. This means if you still need to use Windows 7, XP or older systems, then this can be run on a Virtual machine.
4. Virtualisation techniques
If you’ve got older software that you still need to run for business purposes, Advance Computers can help deploy the virtualisation of the migration process.
Is Windows 7 still safe to use?
Although Windows 7 has entered extended support, it’s still safe to use. Microsoft will be continuing to patch any threats to security, it just won’t be adding any new features.
If you’d like a PC that has Windows 7 Pro pre-installed, then you’ll need to act fast to find remaining models on sale because no new machines will be released. However, it’s worth noting that we can always custom build a PC to your specifications to run Windows 7 professional at this moment in time. To learn more, click here…
Have you got any questions about how to keep Windows 7 running as long as possible? Or if would you like to upgrade to Windows 10 call Advance Computers today on 01904 691 311 or click here to fill out our contact form.