It’s been 9 years since the inception of Windows 7 and I am not sure Windows 7 enthusiasts are ready to part ways with it.
An upgrade from Windows Vista (November 2006) which, an upgrade from Windows XP (October 2001), Windows 7 stood out to be most acclaimed.
Windows 7 reached its end of life (EOI) a week ago, on 14 January 2020.Realeased on October 22, 2009, recent reports from Net-market-share indicate that Windows 7 is till being used by 39% of all the PC users.
Packed with six different editions; Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate from which Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate were widely found in retailers, giving users options to choose from.
Why We Love Windows 7
The agility and adaptivity made windows 7 to be popular among many users. From the OS installation, application accessibility through a non-hesitant search bar, the windows 7 was that OS that got your back.
In an instance where you were running either Windows 8/8.1/10 and you get the message “Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart” (Something Windows OS has never really solved) you definitely had to revert back to Windows 7 as you contemplate on the your next move.
While I do protest this move by Microsoft to end the life of Windows 7, I believe we are moving fast into a more sophisticated digital age where security breaches are a major deal thus a dire need for most sophisticated systems running in our computer devices.
What happens after the End of Windows 7?
“Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches for the operating system. It’s likely that it also won’t offer help and support if you encounter any problems.”
However, it’s in its ‘extended support’ phase.
This End of Life means no more bug-fixes, security patches or new functionality, making any user – personal or enterprise – significantly more susceptible to malware attacks. Just as it did with Windows XP, Microsoft will continue to offer support for those Windows 7 users still reluctant to upgrade to its Windows 10 OS, but it’ll cost you. There is absolutely no problem using an outdated windows 7, but you should know you are running an OS that is vulnerable to malware and cyber-attacks.
What to do next!
Ranging from the distros of open source Linux Mint/Fedora/Debian/Ubuntu, the easiest way to scrab them off the list is to upgrade to a stable Windows 10, a step by step process offered by Microsoft to Wipe clean or Retain Data (but not guaranteed) as the new upgraded system takes over. I mean Linux is a complete puzzle, a more complicated platform that suits open-source developers.
Windows 10 Operating System is a high-end-spec thirsty OS thus if you own an old-timer PC at your homestead or work then it’s a splendid time to cop yourself and get a brand new 5th Generation+ CPU that possesses the following specs to avoid yourself the humiliation of your PC getting smoked out while test running a stable Windows 10:
Recommended Specs include;
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit.
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
Switch to Mac OS.
This would mean that you have ditched Microsoft and dipped your toe in Apple Ecosystem. Even though this is the costliest move, this would introduce you to a stable, secure and easy to use OS.
Mac OS has the best graphics and User interface and it can run power hungry software’s, reason why it is of the most preference to graphic designers and software engineers.
The downside of Mac is the essence of purchasing apps. Imagine an app selling at KS. 100,000 ($999) – A Location-Based Luxury Lifestyle App: VIP Black. That would be a digital rip-off!
To all windows 7 users, back up your Important documents and data from your various disks and prepare for a migration.