Upgrading From Windows 7, 8, 8.1 to 10 or 11


Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 or 11 operating systems provide an excellent, stable and reliable platform for all your computing needs. They are easy for the consumer to get along with, fairly intuitive with recognising and are very resilient to operator mistakes.  WIndows 10 or 11 are by far the best, they are smoother, intuitive, are more compatible with hardware and use memory much more efficiently.  Whats more they take the best bits out of previous operating systems and build on them.  You can configure them to behave just like your old operating system if you wish.  Which one should you have, well generally speaking we would go for Windows 11 as it is newer but it does depend somewhat on your own preferences and your hardware.  We can talk through this with you.

Plymstock, Plymouth Computer and Laptop Repairs, Computer Home Help, Upgrading to Windows 10Upgrading your operating system and getting a virtual new computer sounds like a great idea and generally speaking it can be but unless you are very good with computer system software and understand hardware limitations, you should think carefully first before upgrading an operating system.

The chief reason why fail and consumers become unhappy is that components within their hardware are not up to the task of running the new operating system. Sometime this can be overcome by a simple hardware upgrade but sometimes it is simply not worth the additional cost as often certain pieces of hardware are dependent upon others to work in harmony together which can mean that many matching components of your computer will need to be renewed.

Another cause of grief can be if you are running non-microsoft software perhaps for your business or pleasure as this can often be incompatible with upgrades as the software Vendor may not have written newer updates or versions of their software to comply with the newer operating systems. A check with your Vendor may be necessary to ascertain compatibility. Often though, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 or 11 can be made to run in a compatibility mode just for your software program, in effect pretending it is Windows Vista or XP and this can sometimes seamlessly and successfully negate having to update or upgrade your personal software.

We often hear of people who had a bad experience of Windows 10 or 11 when they migrated from Windows 7 or Windows 8.  Windows 10 or 11 are the better operating systems, what you need is what is known as a "clean install" and we can do that for you.

Support for Windows 7 ended 14th January 2020

Hey, we love Windows 7 but if you keep using Windows 7 after this date and you go online - then you are simply inviting attack.  Autobots out there search for out of date operating systems and send in the attack bots without you even knowing about it, disabling key elements of your antivirus behind the scenes, allowing even more nasties in.  We cannot emphasise enough how important it is that you always run an in-date operating system.  Contact us now to find out your upgrade options, it may be a lot less money than you think and certainly less than dealing with the catastrophic effects of a full on malware attack.

We can provide expert assistance in assessing your computer for its viability to upgrade and if any components need to be upgraded, we can source and fit these for you. We can also perform the upgrade itself ensuring that all updates are applied for all your hardware and software to work in harmony with the new operating system.

Please note that under no circumstances will Phil Guy Computer & Repairs be liable for data loss when we perform equipment maintenance. We strongly recommend that you back up your data on a separate medium ( for example by DVD, external hard-drive, USB stick or on-line) on a regular basis. All business is subject to our Terms and Conditions of Business, a printable version of which is available here.