Windows 7 end of life date is January 14, 2020. Windows 7 officially has less than a month of support remaining from Microsoft. Once it loses support, any computer running it will be at risk due to not receiving security updates, bug patches, etc. In our stores, clients have asked us multiple times over the last couple of months: Should I upgrade or replace my five-year-old computer?

Windows 10 Minimum Requirements

Short Answer: It depends. Before making your decision, your computer needs some specific hardware requirements to handle Windows 10 successfully. The computer’s processor needs to have at least 1GHz or more in terms of processing speed. It also requires 2GB of RAM and a minimum of 32GB of free space on your hard drive.

As long as your computer meets those requirements and is in good health, it should not have any problems running Windows 10.

Potential Upgrades

The hardware specs above are required to run Windows 10. However, to get the best experience, the more room you have, the better. For example, we recommend at least 8GB of RAM at a minimum for the best possible experience on your computer. The faster the processor, i.e., GHz, the faster your computer will also run.

Lastly, if your computer has Windows 7 on it, it probably has a mechanical drive. Has your computer slowed down as it aged? This is one of the most common complaints we hear when people check in their computers. Like a tread on a tire, mechanical drives will wear out over time. The good news is that replacing it is an easy task. We recommend solid-state drives for their speed and reliability.

Upgrade vs. Replace

As with any decision, there can be pros and cons to either path you take. Firstly, one of the benefits of upgrading is all of your programs and data will still be on the computer. You will not have to worry about transferring or reinstalling information. Most programs require license keys to activate, if you don’t have them, you will need to purchase a current version which can add to the expense of a new computer.

Secondly, while you may put a few hundred dollars into a computer, the quality of the computer will be better than the quality of a new computer for the same amount of money. This will give you more bang for the buck and allow the computer to work years to come.

A newer computer is that most laptops have slimmed down in size in recent years. This makes them more portable but also more fragile. Most laptops on the market today also do not have a CD drive. While CDs aren’t as common in 2019, we find that some of our clients want/ need it, so its worth considering.

In addition to retaining programs, you will not need to move your data. Without the aid of some backup/ recovery programs, this may leave you transferring file by file. If you have years worth of information, this can be a timely endeavor. Another roadblock we encounter are Outlook Data Files. They aren’t always the easiest to find, and migrating old Outlook Files into a newer version requires some configuration.

Don’t Stress!

If you are a Windows 7 user, debating on which way to go, don’t stress! Computer Warriors will answer all of these questions for you. We will run our diagnostics on your computer to make sure it is compatible from a hardware perspective, but also identify any potential software hiccups before proceeding. Once our techs assess the device, we will be able to make recommendations on which is the best course of action. Regardless of your decision, our techs are here to support you, so upgrading or replacing, we will help with the transition!

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