Microsoft’s end-of-life date for Windows 7 is set for 14th January 2020, so what should you do if you have a Windows 7 machine? Recent research indicates that some 39% of all PCs are still running Windows 7, so this is a big issue.
With end-of-life Microsoft will no longer provide any support, particularly with respect to software patches and updates to protect users from malicious attacks. Current advice generally advises users to upgrade to Windows 10 although this clearly has a range of issues. The most common one is that the hardware of a user’s computer is incapable of running Windows 10 — it is more demanding than Windows 7. This generally means that purchase of a new computer follows.
Then there is the need for training in the new operating system too. This is eased somewhat in that Windows 10 has much in common with Windows 7 — much more so than the troublesome Windows 8.
Clarborough and Welham IT Group has extensive experience of Windows 10 and particularly with the huge range of open-source applications that can power-up a new laptop to a specification that matches (and interfaces with) Microsoft’s standard and beyond and all for no cost at all. So, if Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and other applications looks too expensive, why not go along and be amazed what open-source offers — ‘for nowt’!
So, if you’d like to play with one of their Windows 10 laptops, or take your own, to get to grips with Windows 10 in a supporting (and sometimes off-the-wall) environment, get in touch with the group. Classes run in Clarborough Village Hall on Tuesdays, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, or Wednesdays, from 10.00am to 11.30am, and the first autumn five-week ‘block’ of classes is organised. The classes resume the week commencing Monday 16th September, at cost of £20.00 for the whole block but you must book before Thursday 29th August to guarantee your place.
For more information or to book your place, contact Greg on 01777 700918 or email email@example.com. You can also visit www.cwitgroup.btck.co.uk for class dates through to July 2020.