Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 in January 2020. Staying on Windows 7 will possibly expose your computers to extra security risks. This CNET article has more reasons to upgrade to Windows 10.
If your Windows 7 computers are more than four years old, the best way to upgrade to Windows 10 is to buy new computers; however, if a new Windows 10 computer is out of reach, consider:
- Visiting TechSoup* for a selection of Refurbished Computers for Nonprofits
- Getting Windows 10 for free: legal but hidden. Although it’s hidden away, you can still get Windows 10 for free, legally. To see how, visit the ZDnet article “Here’s how you can still get a free windows 10 upgrade.” (If you have Deep Freeze or RX Reboot/Restore, remember to thaw before your install.)
- Installing Linux on your computers: Linux is free and has many applications similar to Windows, but may feel unfamiliar to some and might have more issues working with hardware. Some resources to get you started:
*TechSoup for Libraries has library technology donations and offers training and other resources. Learn more about TechSoup for Libraries.
note: be careful with emails offering Windows updates. Read this.