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Are you running the latest version of Windows 10?

Windows 10 was first released in July 2015. It comes in many versions; Home, Pro, Pro For Workstations, Education, and Enterprise.

It also comes in many builds – The first build released for home users using Home or Pro was Windows 10 1507 which was followed quickly by the 1511 Feature Update. The next Feature Updates; 1607 (Anniversary Update) and 1703 (Creators Update) were released 2016 and 2017.

In 2017 Microsoft moved to a twice annual release model for new Feature Updates. This means another version, 1709, was also released in 2017.

Versions 1507 to 1709 all have one thing in common; they have reached their “end of service”. Your Windows 10 device should have automatically downloaded the latest Feature Update before the end of service date was reached – but sometimes things don’t go to plan.

When your device is “out of service” this means you no longer receive security patches for your operating system. This leaves your system vulnerable to attack by malware or hackers.

This means that currently there are 5 versions of Windows 10 that have joined Vista, Office 2007, and Windows XP, in the unsupported software graveyard.

Windows 7 is set to join them in January 2020 – and another build of Windows 10 (1803) is set to join them November 2019.

Windows 10 (1809) end of service is May 2019, and Windows 10 (1903) – The latest version – end of service is December 2020.

If you are not running the latest version (1903), then you should update as soon as possible to ensure you device stays up-to-date and secure.

To check your Windows Version hold the Windows Key and press the letter R. In the Run Dialog Box type in winver and press enter. A window will appear showing your current version of Windows 10.

Feature Updates can be installed via Windows Updates. This can be accessed by holding the Windows Key and pressing the letter R. In the Run Dialog Box type in control update and press enter. Click check for updates and the new version should download automatically. If it doesn’t, you may have to manually update using the upgrade tool provided by Microsoft

The upgrade tool can be download from here: https://microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10

When the tool is run, it will check to see if your device is compatible with latest Windows 10 and will then install the software. This may take a few hours.

If you require assistance downloading and installing the latest version Windows 10, feel free to contact us.

Upgrade to Windows 10

The end of Support for Windows 7 is quickly approaching. This means users still running Windows 7 will no longer receive security patches for their computer. This leaves them vulnerable to malware and hackers when browsing the web. It is time to start planning an upgrade to a modern and secure operating system.

Windows 10 was first released in July 2015. Like all things new, there were teething problems and small changes made it a little different to use than previous operating systems. These issues have now been resolved.

Many Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10. This was offered initially when Windows 10 was first released with many users picking the option to reserve a spot. If you did this but did not upgrade you can still upgrade for free.

Unfortunately if you don’t remember if you reserved a free spot, the only way to check is to install Windows 10. If you are required to pay, Windows 10 will run in an un-activated version for 30 days.

The upgrade tool can be download from here: https://microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10

When the tool is run, it will check to see if your device is compatible with Windows 10 and will then install the software. This may take a few hours.

More advanced users may want to download the Windows 10 ISO file, and install a fresh version of Windows. This can be picked as an option in the upgrade tool. The ISO will need to be written to a bootable USB or CD.

If you require assistance downloading and installing Windows 10 or purchasing a Windows 10 license, feel free to contact us.

Office 2010 End of Support

Microsoft Office 2010 was first released on June 15, 2010. As with most products, Microsoft run their software under two support periods; mainstream support and extended support. Microsoft Office 2010 in currently running in extended support. This ends October 13, 2020.

Mainstream support runs roughly 5 years. During this period new features are added to the software, bugs are fixed, and security vulnerabilities are fixed. Mainstream support also offers complimentary telephone support for retails version of the software.

Extended support kicks in after mainstream support ends. This runs for another 5 years. In this period, bugs and vulnerabilities are fixed, but there is no longer telephone support or new features added to the software.

Security vulnerabilities in Microsoft software are often able to be exploited in older version of software. This is due to similarities in the code base. This is why it is important to upgrade software before the end of support ends. Not only that, vulnerabilities found in the software after end of support, will not receive a fix. This may allow an attacker to exploit a vulnerability and access your machine.

If you are still running Microsoft Office 2010; start planning your upgrade now. If you need assistance deciding what version you need, or assistance installing the software, feel free to contact us.