John has Windows 7 Home, and he knows he has to update to Windows 10. But how does it do it? Leo says that the first thing to do is get the Windows 10 upgrade. The best-kept secret is that it's still free from Microsoft. Google Microsoft Windows Media Creation Tool. Put it on a 16GB USB key and install it on top of Windows 7. It'll authenticate automatically, and you're good to go.
Microsoft has discovered a second bug to Windows 7, just a few weeks after Microsoft proclaimed the end of life to the operating system. The first was a wallpaper bug which Microsoft fixed, but wasn't the end of the world. This new bug may pop up when users try to shut down their computers, telling them they don't have the permission to shut down the machine. Microsoft has said that after the Windows 7 end of life, they won't be patching the OS anymore, but Leo suspects they'll fix this one.
Frank is interested in buying a new laptop, but with Linux on it. Is that a good idea? Leo says that System 76 uses Ubuntu, and Dell is going to be putting out a Linux laptop as well. But if you have an old Windows 7 machine, you can update it to Windows 10 for free, but going with Linux isn't a bad idea either.
Maria has a Windows 7 computer and with the end of life support for it, she's is looking to get a Chromebook but doesn't know which one is best. Leo says that she can still upgrade your Windows 7 machine to Windows 10 for free, and that would be cheap. But a Chromebook is a great option for someone who isn't tech-savvy. Her HP printer is rejecting her new cartridges. Leo says that's a known issue.
Kevin wants to know about getting his data into the cloud. Leo recommends starting with DropBox. But if he has GMail, he already has 15GB of Google Drive for free. Amazon Prime also backs up photos and videos for free.
We cannot stress this enough: if you're still on Windows 7, you should absolutely upgrade to Windows 10 by January 14th. After the 14th, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. It will be fine in the beginning but as more security vulnerabilities get discovered, the more likely your computer on Windows 7 will be at risk.
Gary has a vintage W530 Thinkpad, and he needs to repair it. Leo says that there's an entire SubReddit on repairing old Thinkpads. Gary also needs to bypass the Windows 7 password. Leo says that in Windows 7, there is a hidden Administrator account. If you can enable that, you can get in and change your password.
Dan is concerned about the end of life for Windows 7. How will that affect him? Leo says that January 14th is the drop-dead date for updating Windows 7. After that final Patch Tuesday update, Microsoft will no longer support or update Windows 7. Leo says it does not cause for worry, but it makes it worth considering updating to Windows 10. What Microsoft wants, ideally, is for everyone to buy a new computer. But people can buy Windows 10 for $139. But here's something nobody at Microsoft will tell... users can still get it for free.
Timmy has heard that Microsoft is going to kill support for Windows 7 on January 14th. Is that going to be a security problem? Leo says essentially, yes. You'll be on your own as Windows 7 goes end of life. You can get Windows 10 for free in most cases if you still own Windows 7, and Microsoft is hell-bent on getting everyone to WIndows 10. Also, after January, most other browsers and other software updates will stop supporting Windows 7 as well. But if you take it offline, you can still use Windows 7. Just not for the internet.
Duke is looking to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without losing his data when he does so. Leo says you can upgrade to Windows 10 from within your computer running Windows 7 without losing your data or having to backup it up. Alternatively, you can do a clean install of Windows 10 by downloading the Windows 10 installer from Microsoft onto a USB drive.
Duke is also wondering which service he should use to back up his data to the cloud. Leo recommends iDrive, who is a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show.