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 can be 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 significant of these 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 new laptops to specifications that match (and interfaces with) Microsoft’s standard and beyond and all for no cost at all. So why not go along and get OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Gimp (image editor) as well as even more free open-source applications?

So, if you’d like to play with one of the group’s Windows 10 laptops, or take your own, to get to grips with Windows 10 in a supportive (and sometimes off-the-wall) environment, get in touch with them. Classes run in Clarborough Village Hall on Tuesdays (1.30pm to 3.00pm) or Wednesdays (10.00am to 11.30am) with their second autumn five-week ‘block’ of classes starting week commencing Monday 11th November, at just £20.00 for the whole block.

For more information or to book your place, contact Greg on 01777 700918 or email Further information can also be obtained at, which has class dates through to July 2020, in the calendar section.