We’re running out of time these days for our old favorite, Win7.
It died last year, and there are only security patches issued until 2020.
As much as we’d like to keep it around, it IS 2005 technology, and will be completely unsupported in a few years.
A quick workaround of the security update bug is found in this article – so I’m passing it along in case you’re re-installing Win7; as I’ve had to do several times for customers recently.
It might simply be a good time to ‘bite the bullet’ and upgrade to Win10:
- We’ve had great success with it.
- It’s now very stable
- It’s now supporting all(most) all the same devices.
- It’s patching is cumulative, so it’s simple to (re-)install.
- If you run into a problem with a virus/trojan/etc in Win10, you can easily refresh your Operating system while keeping your files intact.
- Win10 is an excellent combination of Win7 and Win8.
If you’ve used either, using Win10 will be easy.
The most successful upgrades we’ve done are from a clean install.
Here is our working process:
- Look thru your folders, and move all your data to a single folder or set of folders on a cloud drive (OneDrive and/or Google Drive) source AND also make a copy on a local portable hard drive or USB flash drive.
- Next, we like to run Belarc Advisor on the computer before wiping out the operating system. Print out the resulting page http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html in order to grab all of the license keys from the Operating System and random software installs – so that re-installation of any of the software is simple.
- Reinstall Win7 or Win8 from the recovery software that came with your computer.
- Computers no longer ship with Recovery disks, the The Recovery partition is stored on your hard drive, and software is installed on the computer that allows you to both create a backup set of disks/USB Drive (which I STRONGLY suggest – because if the hard drive dies you’ll need the disks) and to restore the computer to factory software condition.
- The recovery software process is different with each computer even within the same brand. Google is your friend for this, lookup the process if you can’t find the tool on the computer.
- A fresh install removes all the variables (all the odd programs you’ve installed over the years) are removed from the upgrade, which I believe are the source of most peoples frustration with the upgrade process.
- As soon as you can after the recovery, head over to the Win10 Upgrade site and run the tool to begin to the download / upgrade to Win 10.
- Once you’re upgraded, install your Cloud Services to sync your data to the fresh computer.
- OneDrive is part of Win10, so if you store your files there they will automatically sync to the computer.
- Google Drive is located here : https://drive.google.com/
- Boom, you now have an old but factory fresh computer with the latest WIn operating system!
Be certain to watch the intro videos and to check out the Win10 site mentioned above..
If you’re a windows user, it will be very familiar – but there are a lot of new features and tips and tricks that will simplify and enhance your experience!
Contact us anytime if you need assistance, generally we charge $49 for this process.