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Support for Windows 7 is nearing the end.

 After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020. We know change can be difficult, so we are here to help you with recommendations for what to do next and to answer questions about end of support. 

What does end of support mean?

 When Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020, your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following:  

  • Technical support for any issues
  • Software updates
  • Security updates or fixes

 While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not guaranteed to work.

What can i do to prepare?

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 Not only are new modern PCs fast (thanks to solid state drives) and durable with batteries that last longer, the average price for a great PC is considerably less than it was 5-10 years ago. 

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 Save your personal files and photos to OneDrive or to an external hard drive. Follow this link to learn all the different ways to move your files. 

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 We think you’ll feel right at home on a new PC with Windows 10, but if you have any questions or want to learn more, stop in, email or call us at Computer Workshop.

Windows 10 FAQ

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Will my Windows 7 computer stop working on January 14th?

 No. Support for Windows 7 will be discontinued, but the software will continue to function. After January 14, 2020, if your computer is running Windows 7, it will no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it's important that you move to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service will no longer be available to provide Windows 7 technical support. 

How do i get Windows 10?

Contact Computer Workshop. You may be able to get a Windows 10 license for free!

How is Windows 10 security better than Windows 7?

 Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever built, with comprehensive end-to-end security that covers antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more. This means more security features, dashboard displays, and ongoing updates to help safeguard against future threats—all built-in at no extra cost. 

Which version of Windows 10is right for me?

 There are multiple versions of Windows 10, so whether your PC is for personal, professional, or educational use, there’s a perfect match for you.

Windows 10 Home is the perfect operating system for personal and household use, while Windows 10 Pro  offers all the familiar features of Windows 10 Home, plus additional features such as BitLocker, remote desktop, and domain join to support professionals.

For individuals seeking enhanced security and performance in and outside the office, there is Windows 10 S mode.  Windows 10 in S mode keeps you running fast and more secure day in and day out, by only using verified apps from the Microsoft Store.

How will the end of support for Windows 7 afffect my Microsoft Office apps?

 Your experience may be different depending on the Office version you're running. To learn more, see Windows 7 end of support and Office