Windows 7 to Windows 10: Upgrade or buy a new computer?

Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7. It’s time to make a decision.

By Mike Jackson

Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2020

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Last fall, Windows sent an email and added alerts letting users know they would cease support for Windows 7 in mid-January. Ouch! If you are in the same boat as me, there was an air of uncertainty and anxiety involved with that announcement. Right?

My Windows 7 machine has served me well for quite a few years. When I bought the system, it was a high-end computer—with a fair amount of RAM, a good video card and plenty of hard drive space. The computer ran the Gerber Omega software that drove my Gerber high-speed plotter and Gerber Edge, along with Photoshop and Lightroom, and a lot of other essential programs.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In my case, things were working fine. But the Microsoft Corporation forced my hand.

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Mike and Darla Jackson operate Golden Studios in Loveland, Colorado, and do a variety of sign-related projects. Mike’s website is His email address is You can see more of Mike’s photos at and

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