If you are still running windows 7, it is time to upgrade, heres how

3 March 2020

Microsoft have pulled support for Windows 7, so if your club still has computers running Windows 7 users will be getting messages to upgrade. 

Not many people are aware as windows took down all their pages advertising this a year or two ago, but you can still use the upgrade assistant to get windows 10 for free.  It does require that the computer hardware can support windows 10, but in most cases does allow an upgrade path without having to buy a new pc or pay for a Windows 10 licence. 

The crucial thing to remember is that you will need to install programs and apps again!!   Make sure you backup everything before trying this, especially data files for accounting programs, databases, etc. 

Here’s how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

  • Back up all of your important documents, apps, and data
  • Head over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download site
  • In the Create Windows 10 installation media section, select “Download tool now,” and run the app
  • When prompted, choose “Upgrade this PC now.”

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  • You’ll then be asked whether you want to keep your personal files or start fresh. Remember: starting fresh or keeping your files still means that all apps and settings will be deleted for the Windows 10 upgrade.
  • Once the upgrade is complete, you should receive a digital license for Windows 10, which can be found under Settings > Update & Security > Activation.

Ensuring that your computers systems and software are up to date is a necessary part of doing business.  Utilising old software which is not supported means you will not be receiving crucial security updates and your clubs systems (including member and employee information) could be exposed.  If you are unsure about what systems you are using or how to go about the update process get in touch with Leigh by emailing leigh@clubsnz.com and he will be able to point you in the right direction.

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