Most users regard Windows 7 as Betamax-tape aged dinosaurs worthy of museums and nostalgic-yet-haunting electronic music mixes on hour-long YouTube videos.
However, the statistic is shocking. Windows 7 still holds second place in usage shares at 32.74% of all PC users.
Now that even tech-savvy computer users are scratching their headsets – how could this be, even after most PCs were automatically updated to Windows 10?
Why are Outdated Operating Systems are Still Being Used?
The answer is simple – most business owners and even casual computer users are resistant to change, beyond automatic updates. This resistance to change can come at a high price, though.
Why Is Continuing to Use Windows 7 Dangerous?
Support ended on January 14, 2020. Microsoft will no longer be supplying updates for the operating system, meaning that hackers will have an open, unchallenged pathway to create exploits against the Windows 7 operating system. Imagine it in terms of ill-meaning medieval knights raiding a caveman village – with the advantage of new technology and time, the knights have an obvious advantage.
- Faster Speed
- Free Upgrade!
If you’re using a legal, verified version of Windows (this includes pre-packaged windows setups on store-bought desktop and laptop units) you are entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10, receiving a validated copy.
- Upgraded Browser
Windows Explorer has been thrown out with the bathwater. Long the butt-end of internet memes, Microsoft has significantly upgraded and changed out this browser, replacing it with Microsoft Edge.
- Across-Device Apps
Apps in the Microsoft Store are shared across devices such as other PCs, windows phones, and even Xbox consoles. Windows 10 has been built with the modern office in mind, where users are consistently on the go. Microsoft has been diligent about ensuring functionality with Android and Apple devices as well, with apps such as the Microsoft Office suite available on iPhone and Android platforms.
- Better Security
Windows 10 comes with preloaded security features, including built-in antivirus software provided by Microsoft. Many recent consumer reporting tests by tech industry publications such as PCWorld have shown that Windows Defender, Windows 10’s built-in security software often performs as well as or outperforms paid antivirus systems such as Norton and McAfee.
- Automatic File Migration
The upgrade automatically pulls information and files from one install to the other, ensuring that no information is lost in the transfer. (However, we at Security First IT highly suggest making backups before proceeding with the update to Windows 10.)
- Reversal is Possible
Decide you don’t like Windows 10 after the upgrade? Reverting the install is still possible for up to a month afterward.
|Idea: I won’t be able to receive support for Windows 7, but I have the install disks, so who cares? If I have a problem, I’ll just re-image the machine.|
|Why That is a Bad Idea: With Windows 7 no longer being supported, security updates will not be patched in, as they were previously. This gives all number of virtual criminals a practical open door of opportunity as their tactics evolve – imagine leaving your alarm system off, and doors and windows unlocked during a crime spree.|
Aren’t There Possible Complications?
- OneDrive Compatibility Issues
OneDrive and Windows 10 have been built to operate hand-in-hand, offering users the ability to automatically back up files on the go, however, Windows 10 has been known to face some compatibility issues with the OneDrive system, including failure to sync files with the service – leaving a gap in uploads, however, a reboot solution has been discovered.
- No DVD Support
The Windows Media Center has been removed, making DVD playback out-of-the-box impossible. Microsoft disabled this feature after few users were shown to have put the application to use. However, DVD functionality hasn’t been totally removed – apps are available in the Microsoft Store that allow for DVD playback.
- Compatibility Issues
Some older apps and CD-based applications will face some compatibility issues, as some video and sound drivers have been changed, as well as newly removed support for CD-embedded security and anti-piracy systems such as SafeDisc and SecuROM.
Why Not Upgrade?
Largely, your business or lifestyle won’t be affected by an upgrade to Windows 10, other than the install time and initial adjustment to the operating system’s new features.
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