Your operating system (OS) is the software program that makes all the hardware (chips and boards and stuff) in your computer work together to do all the wonderful things it can do. If you use a Mac, you’re using a version of “macOS” or “OSX” that is usually identified by a code name – previously big cats, like “Snow Leopard”, “Lion”, and “Tiger” – and now by places – “Yosemite”, “El Capitan”, “Sierra”, and “High Sierra”.
If you use a PC, your OS is more than likely a version of Windows. Currently the most popular versions are Windows 7 and Windows 10, but you might also have Windows 8.1, Vista, or an even older version.
Why move to a newer version of an operating system? The programmers are constantly adding new features and technologies in the software that take advantage of the hardware in new ways. As the old OS software ages, the developers stop supporting old versions, so older versions may not support newer hardware properly. And newer OS versions have less security vulnerabilities.
For example: A couple of years ago, Microsoft dropped support for Windows XP, and more recently, for Windows Vista, both of which are still installed and used on millions of PCs worldwide. Since XP and Vista no longer supported, that means security vulnerabilities are no longer being patched (repaired by means of a downloadable update), and your personal information and security are at risk more than ever as time goes on. Windows 7 will go the same way in 2020. Upgrading to Windows 10 could help keep you secure, while opening up fresh new interface designs, features, and speed.
What about restoration? Sometimes, the best solution for computer errors and slowdown is simply to perform an OS restoration, which is to bring your currently installed OS back to its original state when it was first installed.
Give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to make sure you’re taken care of and clearly understand the work that we do for you! We can do a reinstall while preserving your data and documents!