Happy New Year!

Did you know? Microsoft withdrew support for Windows 7 this week. And, as we expected, many IT Support companies are trying to get their clients to panic buy upgraded PCs. But, this isn’t at all necessary.

Yes, Microsoft will no longer be producing security patches for Windows 7, but, quite frankly, any vulnerabilities in Windows 7 are likely to have been found, exploited and patched long ago.

This isn’t to say that you should be complacent about your Windows 7 PCs. The very fact that a PC is running Windows 7, or even Windows 8, gives away its age. And it’s too old to be running efficiently or cost-effectively any more.

So what to do? With only 345 shopping days until Christmas, you’d best start planning now! And here’s an idea for you. Budget to replace your oldest PCs this year, with the aim of upgrading all PCs that are over 5 years old, or not running Windows 10, by the end of 2020. Then you can put in place a rolling replacement programme to plan for 20% of all of your computers to be upgraded each year, giving you a 5 year cycle.

Modern, business grade, computers run efficiently for about 5 years, (laptops about 4 years). Upgrading them before their 5th birthday is good business sense. Old, slow computers are a huge cost to your business. Even a solid, robust, business computer will only cost around the £600 mark, equivalent to £120 a year, or £10 a month. The reduction in stress & frustration of fighting an old machine is worth way more than that!

Northumberland Computer Support offers computer support to Northumberland.

We offer a better level of computer support to businesses, schools, charities and home users throughout the county.
We don’t tell you what the problem is. We just give you the solution.

Call us today on 01670 432 324