Windows 7 – The End of The Road

Windows 7 has been one of the most popular operating systems, the big brother of Windows Xp. Like all good things it has to come to an end, January 14th 2020 is the day – what are your option

The first consideration – Back-up your files!

The first thing that comes to mind is whether to upgrade or buy a new machine. If you are considering an upgrade then the following information is important, you need to make sure your computer can be upgraded. Here are the basic system requirements for Windows 10:

Processor:1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit 
Hard drive space:16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card:DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display:800×600

This information can be found on this Microsoft support page.

Taking into account the above figures I would encourage readers to consider the following:

These figures for RAM (aka memory), Display and Processor etc, are, minimal.

If your home Pc or laptop only just meets these requirements then I would strongly consider buying a new computer.

If your computer is more than 5 years old, it is also probably a good idea to think about a new one. There are exceptions – those computers that were top-of-the-range when bought, and whose specifications already well exceed the ‘recommended’ above, may well be OK. 

There is a comprehensive list on this Microsoft site to help you check whether or not your system and computer can be upgraded.

In my opinion, Windows 10 provides a far greater experience if it is running on a solid state drive (SSD). Providing the hard drive can be removed from your computer, it can almost certainly be replaced with a solid state drive. These types of drive are many times faster and absolutely quiet. There are also new computers now that have M2 SSD drives slotted straight into the motherboard – very fast and often worth the investment. In addition I would also recommend a memory upgrade if you have less than 4Gb. 

There is more information here about possible upgrade scenarios. I have not tested any of the tools on the last link, I cannot vouch for their performance.

These are only suggestions – having a professional assess your computer may well be the best option if you are not sure.

A word of caution. Upgrading your existing Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, SP1.

  •  Don’t expect all of your existing programs to work under Windows 10.
  • You MUST fully back up your data before an upgrade.
  • An upgrade can fail for a number of reasons.
  • Your system should be cleared of rubbish, adware and malware and consideration should be given to any older programs you still want to use.
  • Your computer’s performance could be reduced after an upgrade.
  • Be aware that you may need to upgrade to Office 365 as well.
  • Some older hardware may not be compatible – flatbed scanners etc.

There are some cases where legacy programs are still needed, as such it may be better to keep that computer for that program, have it disconnected from the internet and purchase a new computer for everything else.

If all is well and you want to upgrade, a Windows 10 licence will cost you £119.99 from Microsoft’s website

I offer a full consultation and upgrade service, only if I deem your computer suitable. There are various options of installing once a purchase has been made and you have downloaded the media creation tool. Full back ups of data are essential before upgrading.

In short, If your computer well exceeds the minimum requirements then there is usually no reason not to upgrade, providing the general health of your computer is good. There are other options, Linux – you may be surprised how good it is.

Please get in touch if you would like a visit and an assessment to consider the options. It’s not just about upgrading to Windows 10 but making sure you do it right. All consultations are charged at my normal rate of £45 per hour. An onsite consultation usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

Thank you.

07895 098 137

Local farm conservation & ecology tour

It was wonderful today to be given a tour and plenty of information on farming, ecology and conservation. There is so much to take in but every week my knowledge increases. I have today joined the Devon Wildlife Trust and an envelope will be posted tomorrow to join the Axe Valley & District Conservation Society. Another walk planned for this Thursday, not sure where yet though.

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