Microsoft will be ending updates and support to Windows 7, which was released to the public October, 2009, on January 14, 2020.

What does this mean for users of Windows 7? According to Microsoft’s website:

“When Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020, 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 recommended.”

Microsoft suggests that users of Windows 7 prepare for a transition to Windows 10 in the following ways:

  • Back up existing files and photos to Onedrive or an external hard drive.
  • Check out the latest PCs – they already have Windows 10, and are faster because they have solid state drives and batteries that last longer. Consumers will find that prices are less than they were 5-10 years ago.
  • Check out tips/tutorials on using Windows 10.

The Monroe County Library System offers Computer Basics classes using Windows 10 computers. Be sure to check the library’s Technology webpage for classes that may be starting at a nearby branch, and take a look at the library’s Windows 10 Handouts and Training Documents page for specific Windows 10 step by step directions.

The GCFLearnFree website also offers FREE online tutorials for all sorts of applications, including Windows 10. Check it out.

Thinking about replacing your dated computer? Research reviews for new computers and software at:

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**Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. It was developed as a cross between the beloved Windows 7 and the controversial Windows 8, which was designed to be an app-driven operating system similar to hand-held devices such as tablets and smart phones. Many consumers hesitated to transfer to Windows 10 because it was not perfected at its release. However, many upgrades have occurred since its release and Windows 10 is completely safe to use. It operates in much the same way as Windows 7.