Windows 7 End of Life Support Information (update)

KB4493132 Update

Notifies Windows 7 Users of End of Support Date

Click here for Updated link for Windows 7 end of life support

A new Windows 7 update called “KB4493132” is being released and is used to display notifications that remind users that Windows 7 will reach its end of life starting on January 14th, 2020.

These notifications contain a link that goes to a Microsoft page suggesting that users upgrade to Windows 10.

Not known yet whether a deal re £££ is going to be on offer to take this up. You can always hit the link and see whats on offer, then backout or close it if you dont wish to go further just yet.

If you do upgrade online (leave until the end of 2019 to see whats on offer) or continue with Windows 7 if you feel comfortable with no further upgrades or take the plunge to Windows 10. It will probably a “full downloadable version” of Windows 10.

*Prior to upgrading to Windows 10, make full system copy of your current Windows 7 program as this will include all windows upgrades and updates as after January 14th, 2020 they will not be available (even if you have the original disks, plus backup up of your entire hard drive including System Image (use DVDs and / or spare plugin hardrives to do this not flash drives or CD`s). This will not only save your currents folders, docs, music, movies, etc, etc incase you have to revert back but you will be able to import them thru Windows 10 so you dont loose anything.

*Windows 10 will ask you if you have any info from previous installation that you may wish to load up, just follow the onscreen instructions and pop your DVD nto the drive or connect your plugin hardrive wherever you have your backup info loaded.

If you do take the plunge which we all will sometime, once Windows 10 is loaded and you have imported all your personal files from previous 7 backup. Again, make full system copy of your new Windows 10 program (as you will not have the original disks, plus backup up of your entire hard drive including System Image (use DVDs and / or spare plugin hardrives to do this not flash drives or CD`s). This will not again only save your currents folders, docs, music, movies, etc, etc incase you have to revert back but you will be able to import them thru Windows 10 so you dont loose anything.

At this point you will have full windows 7 program and your files all nice and safe (keep them safely packed away for emergencies. Plus you will have full windows 10 program and your files well secure as well. Just do your updates reguarly and backup weekly (when you do normal backups just let windows do the recommended backup. This includes all files in folders, desktop plus a system image (everytime). And you must create restore points prior to installing any new software (you should be in this habit already as is important if your PC does a wobble or crashes you can always revert back to the restore point when it was “clean & working” all your files will be there, only the program that caused issues will be completely removed and your PC will be how it was prior to being messed up.

In fact create a restore point prior to doing anything “Techy” as its easy to go back to a point intime (previous restore point, rather than screwing up your whole PC.

All the above can also be done on any Mac obviously running on “IOS” and its programs including if you have Windows 7 on it (has to run side by side with IOS, you have the choice at startup either to click as normal IOS start or Windows.

You dont have to bee a Tech Wizard to do the above. Just a pot of coffee, pack of Marlboros, bunch of DVD`s or a plugin spare hard drive / expansion drive. Then just follow onscreen instructions and be patient for couple of hours and click on the yes, no buttons etc…

Good luck from Foxnwolf

 

 

 

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